There are two members of the Rubus family called Thimbleberries. Both are very similar, being decorative, prickle free with large flowers and downy leaves. They do well in sun or shade, any soil that will suit raspberries and seldom need much in the way of support, though the thick canes can get up to 2m in time. The Pink Thimbleberry(R. odoratus)which is generally a smaller plant, differs from the White(R. parviflorus) in two other ways;
Tolerating more in the way of shade it makes a good understory shrub, and it flowers and fruits over a longer period, right through the late summer and into the autumn unlike the White which flowers only in early summer.
The velverty fruit might be a bit fiddly to pick as when fully ripe they tend to
disintegrate, but are juicy, sweet and
tasty. If you manage to pick enough of them they can be
used in any way a raspberry can or just slurped out of hand, but you
will have to beat the birds.
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