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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw or cooked[1][2][3]. Somewhat tart and dry[4], it is usually cooked and used in pies, jellies, preserves etc[5]. The fruit can be dried for later use[3]. This species rarely fruits well in Britain, probably due to our cooler summers[6].

Fruit

Material uses

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[7]. Plants are very vigorous and can be grown as a tall ground cover for large areas[8].

Unknown part

Dye

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are highly astringent[9]. They are used in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhoea[10]. The leaves have been used as a wash for old and foul sores, boils etc[3].

A decoction or infusion of the branches has been used to settle the stomach[3]. A decoction of the leaves and stems has been used to treat kidney complaints[3]. The root is astringent. A decoction of the root or the root bark has been used as a treatment for diarrhoea and colds[3]. The root has been used in the treatment of toothaches[3].

The berries have been used as a diuretic[3].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - requires stratification, is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Sow stored seed as early as possible in the year in a cold frame and stratify for a month at 3°c if sowing later than February. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year.

Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn.

Division in early spring.

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Cultivation

Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[11][6][12]. Grows well in a sandy soil but does not like clay[13]. Prefers a semi-shaded position. Does well in a woodland garden though it is less likely to fruit well in such a position.

A very ornamental plant[11], it is hardy to about -30°c[14]. The glandular hairs on the stems have a powerful resinous scent somewhat like cedarwood[15]. A vigorous suckering shrub, it has perennial stems without prickles[12].

Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[12].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Rubus odoratus. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Rubus odoratus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Rubus odoratus
Genus
Rubus
Family
Rosaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
3
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    2. ? 2.02.1 Yanovsky. E. Food Plants of the N. American Indians. Publication no. 237. U.S. Depf of Agriculture. ()
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.53.63.73.83.9 Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
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    16. ? Fernald. M. L. Gray's Manual of Botany. American Book Co. (1950-00-00)

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