AWARD

RUBUS thibetanus

Commonly known as Silver fern

Leaves silvery grey, flowers purple, fruits black or red
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Triangular, pinnate leaves to 22cm (8¾in) long with 7-13 lance-shaped to ovate leaflets, grey-hairy above, white-hairy beneath
  • Purple
    Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
    Solid purple.
  • Height
    2m (6½ft) or more.
  • Spread
    2m (6½ft) or more.
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Erect, thicket-forming with arching prickly shoots conspicuously white-bloomed in winter. Produces flowers 1cm (½in) across, mainly from the upper leaf axils followed by spherical fruit to 1.5cm (½in) across.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun

RUBUS thibetanus

 
  • Additional Features
    Ornamental bark
    Pests & Diseases
    Grey mould (botrytis)
    Place of origin
    Western China
  • Flower Shape
    Racemes
    Few-flowered terminal racemes
    Saucer-shaped
    1cm (½in) across
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
    Silver
  • Leaf form
    Pinnate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Lanceolate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 2
    Suitable for: Deciduous shrubs and trees that flower in Spring or early Summer on previous year's growth, including plants that produce new growth at or near ground level.
    Pruning: Prune flowered shoots to strong buds. Cut back approximately 1/4 of old shoots to the base to promote replacement growth.
    When: Annually, after flowering.

    RHS groups 2 & 3
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Moderately fertile.
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Bird friendly
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2m (6½ft) or more.
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2m (6½ft) or more.
 

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