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A picture of a White-Stemmed Bramble

White-Stemmed Bramble

Rubus cockburnianus

Also known as

Whitewashed Bramble

Rubus cockburnianus by peganum (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of White-Stemmed Bramble
A photo of White-Stemmed Bramble

Overview

Rubus cockburnianus is a thicket forming shrub, which like the common bramble sends out long prickly shoots except this species has the most stunning white stems. These provide a stunning winter display after the foliage has dropped.

Common problems

Generally pest and disease free

Harvesting

Generally not harvested as fruit are often unpalatable.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in Summer and hardwood or root cuttings in early Winter.

Special Features

Winter colour

For the best display allow to develop into a larger thicket.

Uses

This prickly shrub suits being grown on banks and slopes in larger informal gardens