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Home > Landscaping > Native Plants for Western Washington Gardens and Restoration Projects



Rubus parviflorus

Thimbleberry

Flowering Period: May, Jun May June
Flower color: white
Mostly sunny
Dry soil


At a Glance: Unarmed spreading shrub with large white flowers. Usually forms dense thickets.

Height: Up to 10 feet (3 meters).
Growth Form: Shrub.
Stems: Young stems are glandular and hairy; in older stems the bark is shredding.
Leaves: Alternate, maple-leaf shaped with 3-7 lobes, double-toothed, with long glandular stalks, finely fuzzy on both sides; size: 25 cm across; color: light green.
Flowers: Petals white, crinkled like tissue paper, 2-3 cm long; several (3-11) in long stemmed terminal cluster.
Flowering Period: May, June.
Fruits: Bright red, raspberry-like clusters of hairy, round berries; berries separate from inner pith in a thimble, hemispherical shape.

Rubus parviflorus
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Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
Prefers direct sunlight.

full sun > 80%
mostly sunny 60%-80%
partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
mostly shady 60%-80%
full shade > 80%

wet
moist
dry

Wetland Indicator Status:
low elevation
mid elevation
sub-alpine
high elevation


Soil Preferences
(data not available)

Habitat Preferences
Aquatic and Wetland:
Ponds or lakes
Shallow pools
Sloughs
Swales or wet ditches
Seasonally inundated areas
Marshes or swamps
Aquatic bed wetlands
Emergent wetlands
Scrub-shrub wetlands
Forested wetlands
Bogs, fens
Seeps, springs
Shorelines and Riparian:
Lake shores
Bog margins
Streams or rivers
Stream or river banks
Riparian corridors
River bars
Floodplains
Bottomlands
Alluvial areas
Saltwater Areas:
In or near saltwater
Mud flats
Tidal areas
Estuaries
Saltmarshes
Brackish water
Seashores
Coastal dunes or beaches
Rocky or Gravelly Areas:
Coastal bluffs
Cliffs
Rocky slopes
Outcrops
Crevices
Glacial outwash
Gullies
Slide areas
Sub-alpine and Alpine:
Heaths
Snow beds
Tundra
Avalanche tracks
Forests and Thickets:
Forests and woods
Open forests
Coniferous forests
Old growth forests
Deciduous forests
Mixed forests
Nurse logs
Forest edges, openings, or clearings
Thickets
Meadows and Fields:
Pastures or fields
Meadows or grassy areas
Mossy areas
Disturbed Areas:
Roadsides
Trailsides
Logged sites
Burned areas
Disturbed sites

Wildlife Value
Berries
Seeds
Nectar for hummingbirds
Nectar for butterflies
Host for insect larvae
Thickets and shelter
Thorny or protective cover

Birds: The berries are eaten by finches, wrens, jays, bushtits, and quail.
Mammals: Coyotes, foxes, and bears browse the foliage and the berries.


Ethnobotanical Uses and Other Facts
(data not available)


Suggested References



The landscaping and restoration information provided on this page is taken from the Starflower Foundation Image Herbarium. All photographs © Starflower Foundation unless otherwise noted.