Delicious Raspberry Plant Information
Delicious Raspberry grows in the following 4 states:Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming
Rubus deliciosus, the delicious raspberry,boulder raspberry,Rocky Mountain raspberry or snowy bramble, is North Americana species of flowering plant in the rose family, native to the United States, in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, New Mexico, the Oklahoma Panhandle, and Wyoming. There are also reports of isolated populations in the Texas Panhandle and in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Rubus deliciosus inhabits scrub and rocky slopes.
Rubus deliciosus is a deciduous shrub or vine growing to 1.5m (5ft), rarely 3m (10ft), with arching stems. Unlike many species of Rubus, the flowering stems are perennial. The bark is flaky and peeling. The leaves are simple (not compound, like most other species in the genus), 3.3-5cm long and broad, with three shallowly rounded lobes (occasionally unlobed or five-lobed), becoming glabrous beneath. The flowers are 3.8-6cm diameter, fragrant, with five white petals 1.5-3cm across.
The fruit is dark red, 10-13mm diameter; it is rather dry and not highly valued, but the flavor is said to be delicious. The wild forms generally have unappealing fruit.
Rubus deliciosus requires well drained soil in full sun. It is hardy to USDA zone #5 (-20F; -29C). It is propagated by cuttings in July or August.
Rubus deliciosus has been hybridized in cultivation with the very closely related (and possibly conspecific) Rubus trilobus of southern Mexico. This hybrid was introduced by the English plant collector Collingwood Ingram as R. tridel (Flowering bramble). It is popular as an ornamental plant in gardens, having larger flowers up to 8cm diameter. The cultivar R. tridel 'Benenden' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
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