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Rubus


Although a great many species of this genus of Rosaceae are in cultivation, many of them are of more importance in the fruit garden than in the shrubbery; a few, however, make very ornamental shrubs. All like rich, loamy soil. The blossoms of some are the principal attraction, while others are grown for their coloured stems. A few of the most ornamental are:

Rubus biflorus, from the temperate Himalayas. This is grown for the sake of its peculiar white stems, which have the apĀ­pearance of having been whitewashed.

Rubus deliciosus is the most ornamental of the spring flowering section. The blossoms are white and like those of the Dog Rose in appearance. It is a native of the Rocky Mountains, and is a good subject for a specimen bed.

Rubus lasiostylus, a native of China, and valuable on account of its white stems. It belongs to the Raspberry section.

Rubus leucodermis, a North American plant with reddish stems, partly covered with a glaucous bloom.

Rubus Nutkanus, the Salmon Berry of North America. It has large, handsome leaves and white flowers.

Rubus odoratus, from North America, with large leaves and purple flowers.

Rubus Phoenicolasius, the Wineberry, from China and Japan. Its chief interest lies in its rich, scarlet fruit.

Rubus spectabilis, a native of California. It bears small, rosy purple flowers during April. It grows 7 feet high.

Rubus thyrsoideus, a European species, better known by its double, white-flowered variety, which is a useful autumn blooming plant.

Rubus ulmifolius, a rampant growing, European plant, 15 or 18 feet high. There is a variety, flore pleno, with double pink flowers, which blossoms in July and August, and is an exceptionally good shrub for the wild garden. The variety inermis has spineless branches.