White-Stemmed Bramble

Rubus cockburnianus

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A close up of a green Rubus cockburnianus plant in flower
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Rubus cockburnianus by peganum (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

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.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

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

Personality

Family

Rosaceae

Flower colour

Purple

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free

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