Pic of the Day – Rubus rolfei

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Rubus rolfei, which is often sold under the synonym R. pentalobus or just mistakenly as R. calycinus, makes a great evergreen ground cover in sun or shade. The glossy but rough textured foliage catches the light and reflects it back for a lovely display. Cool weather will often bring out plum tints to the foliage as well. The form that has been grown in the US rarely if ever fruits. A selection I collected in Taiwan has proven to be vigorous, growing to about 4″ tall and spreading up to 48″ wide. Unlike the other form in cultivation, this selection fruits well with bright orange, tasty “blackberries”. We think this selection has the potential to add to the growing palette of ornamental edibles.

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