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Rubus calycinoides 'Emerald Carpet'

  • Common Name
    Creeping Rasberry
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Ground Cover
  • Size
    2" - 4 x 3'
  • Flower Color
    White
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Shiny Green in Spring to Burgundy in Fall
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
    • Seed and Fruit for Birds
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Semi-hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Erosion Control
    • Fall Color
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    R. calycinoides ' Emerald Carpet' is a densely branching groundcover with semi-evergreen to evergreen, heart-shaped leaves that appear crinkled or puckered. In the summer the leaves are a shiny green and turn a burgundy color in the fall. It has 1/2 inch white flowers followed by tiny salmon-orange colored, edible fruit . The plant creeps along the ground forming runners that root at their nodes and establish new colonies. It advances about 1 foot a year. Although it can be aggressive, the plant is not invasive and does not smother nearby shrubs or perennials. It can be easily controlled by mechanical edging. It is a great plant for hot, dry, erodible slopes or hillsides where moisture fluctuates from very wet to very dry. It can also be used as a lawn substitute. Plant with daffodils or other bulbs which will pop up through the foliage for an interesting spring composition. It is fairly drought -tolerant once established.

    Plant in average soil with good drainage. Will grow in sun or light shade. In the early spring if foliage looks a little rough from winter conditions, trim lightly with a lawn mower.

    No serious diseases or pests.

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  • Varietals
    N / A