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The Berries (black-, rasp-, dew-, wine-, etc.) (Rubus. Family: Rosaceae)
There are many cultivated, fruiting taxa in this group, but there are a few species that offer beautiful flowers, foliage, stem colors, and textures for the home landscape. However, gardeners should beware because these are prickly and painful to work with and tend to be very invasive.
Hardiness- Varies among species. Can be found from Zone 5 to Zone 9.
Uses- Often produce delicious fruit, as well as beautiful blossoms, and can even offer color and beauty with its deep purple bare stems in the winter time.
Bloom time- Varies with species, but most bloom in June-July.
Flower- Most have white flowers, 1 to 2" in diameter, some are a rich pink-purple and very fragrant.
Size and shape- Some are a ground cover that should be planted 2 to 3 feet apart for good coverage. Others are more of a suckering shrub that grows 3 to 6 feet tall.
Features- Their most tempting feature is their delicious fruit. They also offer interesting stick color and beautiful blooms. The biggest drawback is the painful difficulty in working with their prickly stems, and the fact that they are very invasive.
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