There are two species of American black-fruited raspberries
on offer at the moment.
First, the Rubus leucodermis, with handsome bluish white stems and big prickles, will get to be about 1.5m high with arching fairly slender stems, fruit a bit on the bloomy side and born throughout the summer. Second, Rubus occidentalis has shorter, thick shiny red stems that branch in the second year, and smaller shiny fruit in mid-summer.
Both require similar conditions to the Raspberry and can be managed in the same way or left to fend for themselves in the wildlife garden, the birds and you will be happy either way. Although the fruit of both is a little smaller than their much-cultivated cousin, they taste good and look good mixed in with them for pud. Don’t forget you can make tea with the leaves as well.
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We also stock the Mysore Raspberry, Rubus niveus, a native of southern Asia which, although not really tender in itself will only give reliable crops with some protection. They are large and vigorous, but if you like an adventure, love raspberries and have the room they are well worth trying. Click here for more details.
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