Rubus laciniatus, Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry

Rubus laciniatus

Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: Eurasia
USDA Zone: 5-8?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersThorny or spinyEdible plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

A member of the rose family, Rubus laciniatus, more commonly known as Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry, is an attractive and useful small shrub native to Eurasia. Growing between 2-5 feet, this plant is an excellent choice for a hedge. For maximum growth, position in an area with full sun, but will also tolerate semi-shade. Rubus laciniatus should have regular watering for first year of growth, after which can switch to moderate watering. It produces pink or white flowers, which are followed by edible, although somewhat tart, red fruit. A complicating factor is that the plants are thorny or spiny and can present a hazard to those not expecting them.

USDA Zones 5-8 are ideal for this species. When planting in colder regions, it is best to place in a pot and bring inside during the winter months.

Rubus laciniatus produces edible fruit, which can either be eaten raw or used for baking. The fruit is full of essential vitamins and minerals, making it a great addition to any diet. It is estimated that a single mature Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry bush can produce anywhere between 4-10 pounds of fruit, depending on the size of the plant and the season.

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