Rubus pentalobus

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I stopped by one of my gardens in Sharon Heights while I was in the neighborhood the other day, and noticed how lushly the Rubus pentalobus (“bramble”) is growing in. This property wraps around a steep corner lot where Tioga and Lassen meet. The house was being prepped for sale, and the owner needed to landscape the entire grade.

This mat-forming Asian cousin of our native blackberry produces a tiny white flower and miniscule little fruits that I understand birds like. It grows quickly, rooting wherever the branch tips touch the ground.

Unfortunately, the landscaper added a bunch of random flowers–statice and breath-of-heaven can be seen in this photo–that break up the cascading waterfall effect Rubus pentalobus creates when planted en masse.

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