Rubus rolfei

creeping Taiwan bramble

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Synonyms: Rubus calycinoides

Rubus pentalobus

Outstanding Qualities

An indestructible groundcover that looks good planted by the yard in commercial landscapes or in less quantity in smaller gardens. The three to five lobed leaves are mallow-like in appearance and heavily textured. They are emerald on the upper surface and gray beneath. This low groundcover is not overly vigorous. White flowers are produced sporadically in early summer and followed by golden fruits which are edible but not highly flavored so are better left to wildlife. It is excellent as a groundcover under groves of birches or other groupings of trees. A labor saving shrub of great utility.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Wildlife Associations: birds, bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, chartreuse, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver, gold

Culture Notes
This tough groundcover grows in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers a well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand or clay if the drainage is adequate. Regular watering helps establish this vigorous plant, but once it has settled in, it only needs occasional watering during dry weather. Long runners can be pruned back almost any time of the year. Provide ample room for it to fully develop.