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Scientific name

Rubus parviflorus


The Thimbleberry is a deciduous shrub species that typically grows about 2 m tall. The leaves are green coloured, soft and hairy, have sharply toothed margins, and have 3-5 lobes, similar to Maple trees. The flowers are white, fragrant, have five petals, and bloom between May and July. These flowers produce red, raspberry like berries in mid summer, which are edible to humans. The fruit and flowers of Thimbleberry are beneficial to many wildlife species, like birds and mammals, as well as pollinator species, like hummingbirds and butterflies.

Planting conditions

Thimbleberry grows best in moist, well drained areas with full or partial sun exposure. This shrub can also grow in drier, upland areas. It is shade tolerant but may produce less fruit under shaded conditions. It can grow in a variety of soil types with a normal pH level. This plant can be naturally found in wet forests, forest edges, wet grasslands, and along river or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 2m
  • Spread:
    • 1 m