UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Rubus pentalobus

ROO-bus pen-tuh-LOH-bus
Common Name
Creeping Raspberry
Plant Type
Mature Size
6 ft. wide and 6 in. to 12 in. tall
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Half sun to shade
Flower Color
Small white flowers
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Rubus pentalobus is a tough, low maintenance ground cover that does well in dry shade--a rare combination. Its dense, spiny branches discourage weeds. The tiny fruit of Rubus pentalobus is edible, although you'll probably only get enough to sprinkle on a bowl of cereal.

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