Rubus parviflorus, Thimbleberry, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrub, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Rubus parviflorus, Thimbleberry, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrub, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Rubus parviflorus, Thimbleberry, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrub, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Thimbleberry

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Rubus parviflorus

  • Size at maturity: 4-6' tall, 3-6' wide
  • Canopy layer: large shrub
  • Light requirements: full sun to full shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to moist soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: edible, medicinal, supports hummingbirds

The leaves of the Thimbleberry are large (up to 5” across) and are covered with very fine hairs which make them feel velvety to the touch. There are no thorns. As the leaves emerge in the spring, Thimbleberry produces stems with multiple large (1–2”) white flowers that have crinkly petals like tissue paper. The red berries look like raspberries, and their flavor is quite variable, from very sweet to bland, depending on the particular growing conditions. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credits 1 & 2: Tracy Cozine

Photo Credit 3: Tara Lemezis