Rubus pentalobus 'Emerald Carpet' | Emerald Carpet Creeping Raspberry

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Great plant for erosion control!


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Creeping Raspberry thrives under harsh growing conditions such as ditches and erodible slopes where soil moisture can fluctuate widely. It is a fast-growing, evergreen ground cover imported from Taiwan. It grows 3 to 6 inches tall and spreads 3 to 6 feet in all directions. As the name implies, Creeping Raspberry creeps along the ground by forming runners which root at their nodes and establish new colonies. Although it is aggressive, it is not invasive.  The leaves are coarse-textured, with deep veins that make them appear puckered. During spring and summer, the leaves are shiny, dark green above and gray-green below. The leaves turn burgundy in fall and winter. Very small white flowers in mid summer, followed by tiny, raspberry-like fruit in late summer. Although the fruit are tasty and edible, they are tiny, so don't expect an abundant harvest for your breakfast table.

 

Plant in full hot sun, although it is adaptable to part shade.