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White-Stemmed Bramble

Rubus cockburnianus

Rubus cockburnianus by peganum (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°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

More images of White-Stemmed Bramble

A stand of the bare white stems of Rubus cockburnianus
A close up of a white stem of Rubus cockburnianus

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 with White-Stemmed Bramble

Generally pest and disease free

How to harvest White-Stemmed Bramble

Generally not harvested as fruit are often unpalatable.

How to propagate White-Stemmed Bramble

Cuttings

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

Seed

Division

Alternatively, R.odoratus may be increased by division and R.'Benenden' and R.ulmifolius 'Bellidiflorus' by layering in spring. You can also propagate by root division in winter.

Layering

Special features of White-Stemmed Bramble

Winter colour

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

Hedge plant

Other uses of White-Stemmed Bramble

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