A large leaved, flowering raspberry with rose-purple flowers and red, drooping clusters of fruit. A suckering plant forming large colonies. A good plant for natural area or wildflower garden.
"This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research."
All common names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Mixed border,
- Shade tree,
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet),
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6
- Acid soil,
- Alkaline soil,
- Dry soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Occasional drought,
- Occasional flooding,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil
Seasons of Interest:
- early summer,
- late summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A fast growing, erect shrub reaching 3 to 6 feet high and 6 to10 feet wide, forming large colonies.
Shorter and more upright than other raspberries.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to part shade in moist, slightly acidic soils. Tolerant of gravelly, sandy, or deep loamy soil.
Prune out oldest canes to the ground to keep up the vigor and help rejuvinate the plant.
Disease, pests, and problems
Japanese beetles, powdery mildew, cankers
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to IL, Midwest and Eastern U.S.
Found in shaded woods, moist, rich ravines and on rocky, gravelly wooded slopes .
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Many song birds and small mammals eat the fruit.
Bark color and texture
Slender, yellow-brown exfoliating stems covered with small hairs.
Older twigs exfoliate outer bark to reveal smooth inner bark.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, 3 to 5 lobed, maple-like leaves. Medium green with a slightly hairy surface turn a pale yellow fall color.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Rose-lavender, 5-petaled clusters of single flowers. Sepals are covered with glandular hairs.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Fruit is a dry, aggregate, purplish-red drupe that resembles a fuzzy, flat raspberry. Fruits ripens in mid-to-late summer.