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Chinese white-stemmed raspberry is a suckering ornamental shrub valued for its showy silvery-white, arching and thorny stems, especially in winter. Spring pinkish-purple flowers, dark green foliage, and purple-black aggregate fruit add additional interest in a sunny wood edge garden. May be difficult to find in nurseries.

  • Family (English) Rose
  • Family (botanic) Rosaceae
  • Tree or plant type Shrub
  • Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
  • Light exposure Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Alkaline soil, Occasional drought
  • Season of interest midwinter, early summer, early fall
  • Flower color and fragrance Pink
  • Shape or form Arching, Multi-stemmed, Thicket-forming
  • Growth rate Fast

Native geographic location and habitat:

This plant is native to China.

Bark color and texture:

Thin stems are smooth and waxy with prickles and bristles. Silvery-white color adds ornamental interest in winter.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture:

It has alternate, serrate leaflets.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size:

Flowers are five-petaled and purple-pink in color.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions:

Fruit is a purple-black aggregate fruit.

Plant care:

Chinese white-stemmed raspberry does well in full sun to full shade. It is best in sandy soil but tolerant of well-drained clay soil. Prune back regularly for best foliage and stem color. Flowers on older canes.

List of pests, diseases, tolerances and resistance:

None serious. Thorny stems protect against animal damage.


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