Thimbleberry

Rubus parviflorus

Thimbleberries are a California native that produce fruit similar to raspberries, but with a flattened thimble shape and a much more delicate flavour. Preserves made from the fruit are a delicacy indeed, as the plant is much less productive than its cousins. This plant is quite ornamental, with large palmate leaves, large white Spring flowers, and colorful Fall foliage. A great addition to any edible landscape or forest garden.

Water: Regular watering with moist soil

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Erect canes to 8' tall

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Average, well-draining soil

Origin: Western North America from Alaska down the West coast to California, East to the Rockies, and on to the Great Lakes region

Additional Characteristics: California Native

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