Rubus calycinoides

Ground-Covering Raspberry

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Growing just 6 inches tall with an indefinite spread, Rubus calycinoides is a very attractive semi-deciduous ground cover. It has 1 inch, 3-lobed, shiny, dark green leaves that are finely puckered and leathery. They turn a beautiful dark bronze for the winter, falling off only when temperatures go below 15 degrees or so. The stems are dark colored and hairy and root in the ground intermittently. Although we've seen pictures of orange raspberry-like fruits and light purple flowers, we haven't seen it in real life. This plant is very useful as a ground cover around shrubs. Or leave pockets for your favorite perennials. It likes full sun or light shade and average soil.



Container plant

Showy Berry Fruit

Good Fall Color

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow



Plant Type

Perennial, Ground cover,

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny, Half and half,

Soil Condition

Average, Organic, Clay, Sandy,

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Dry,


full quart


less than 12,

Flower Color

White/whitish, Purple,

Bloom Time

Early summer,

Typical Height





5, 6, 7, 8,