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Rubus odoratus

Rubus odoratus L.

 

Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyRosaceaeIncludes apples, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns; many others
GenusRubusLatin for “bramble” or “blackberry”
SpeciesodoratusFrom Latin odorata, “fragrant, sweet-smelling”

About plant names...

Purple-flowering raspberry is native to eastern North America, where it inhabits moist thickets.

Plants: Purple-flowering raspberries are deciduous shrubs 3-6' (91-182 cm) high and 3-5' (91-152 cm) wide. Young branches have many fine thorns, while older woody branches do not. Instead, they have bark that peels easily.

Leaves: Large palmate leaves to 10" (25 cm) around typically have five lobes (sometimes 3 or 7), resembling maple leaves, significantly different from raspberry or blackberry leaves.

Flowers: Purplish-pink flowers are up to 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) across, with five rounded, partially overlapping pink petals and a yellow center.

Fruits: Fruits look much like raspberries, a group of closely spaced round berries, but the group is shaped more like a dome than a thimble. The attractive purple flowers, large maple-like leaves and dome-shaped berries are all good identifiers for this species.

Edibility: Berries are edible, fairly tart, with good flavor, but extremely seedy. Used for wine, and in pies, jellies, and preserves.

Online References:

Rubus odoratus on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Rubus odoratus on corbisIMAGES

Rubus odoratus at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Rubus odoratus on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Rubus odoratus on Wildflowers of the United States

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 6 × 5" (14 × 13 cm)

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

10/20/2016 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm)

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

7/13/2015 · Mt. Ascutney State Park, Ascutney, VT
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

Rubus odoratus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 24 Jun 2017.

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Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 15 × 13" (38 × 33 cm)

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 10 × 6" (24 × 16 cm)

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

Immature fruits look rounded, becoming larger and more flattened later. · 7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 5 × 6" (12 × 14 cm)

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

7/13/2015 · Mt. Ascutney State Park, Ascutney, VT
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

3/22/2011 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME

Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry)

10/16/2016 · Mount Everett, Mt. Washington, MA
≈ 10 × 6" (24 × 16 cm)

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