Rubus calycinoides Creeping Raspberry



The sandpaper textured green leaves of Rubus calycinoides are crinkled and lobed and turn a beautiful burgundy color in winter. Commonly called Creeping Raspberry, it bears yellow to salmon colored berries that are attractive to birds. The slightly sweet fruits are edible, but are often gone before they are noticed by gardeners.

Also known as Emerald Carpet, Rubus calycinoides is a vigorous but controllable evergreen ground cover with long trailing stems that will root along the ground. It can blanket rough ground, large rocks or other unattractive features providing a soft-looking camouflage. However, the leaves are somewhat prickly and usually unattractive to deer, rabbits and other browsers.

Rubus calycinoides prefers light shade and moist, well drained soil. It tolerates sun with sufficient moisture and also withstands clay, drought and coastal conditions.


  • Common Names: Creeping Raspberry
  • Zones: 6-9
  • Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 6-8
  • Width at Maturity: 18-24
  • Bloom Time: Late spring

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits. Clay Soil. Coastal Conditions. Drought.
  • Other Features: Evergreen.

Care and Growing Tips

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