first_imgCreeping raspberry is a fast-growing evergreen ground coverimported from Taiwan. It grows 3 to 6 inches high and spreads 3to 6 feet in all directions.As the name implies, creeping raspberry creeps along the groundby forming runners, much like strawberries, which root at theirnodes and establish new colonies.It’s aggressive, but creeping raspberry isn’t invasive. Itdoesn’t climb trees or smother nearby shrubs. And you can easilycontrol it with mechanical edging.Great foliageCreeping raspberry has coarse-textured leaves with deep veinsthat make them puckered. They’re about 1.5 inches across and have 3 to 5 lobes. In the spring and summer, the leaves areshiny, dark green above and gray-green below. They turn burgundyin fall and winter.Its white, midsummer flowers get lost in the foliage. Tiny,raspberry-like fruits followed the flowers in late summer. Thefruits are edible and tasty, but they’re tiny, so don’t expect anabundant harvest. Fruiting isn’t one of the plant’s strong points.Plant creeping raspberry plants 4 to 6 feet apart to allow themplenty of room to spread. A full-sun site is best, althoughplants will adapt to partial shade. Don’t plant them in wet soilsor areas that may get too much irrigation. Wet soils or overheadirrigation will make the plants look ragged.Good for GeorgiaCreeping raspberry does well in most of Georgia. It’s hardy inzones 7 to 9. In the mountains, winter hardiness may be aproblem. It has excellent pest resistance and deer tolerance.If a harsh winter leaves the foliage a little rough, a lighttrimming with the lawn mower in mid-March will encourage a newgrowth flush in the spring.To help it establish fast, apply a granular fertilizer such as16-4-8 or 12-4-8 in early spring. Apply it when the foliage isdry, and sweep or rake excess granules off the leaves. Then waterto wash off any residual fertilizer.Creeping Raspberry can be propagated by separating a rootedrunner from the mother plant.It’s not just for ditches or slopes. Creeping Raspberry looksparticularly nice in a raised bed or planter if you let itcascade over a wall or container.(Gary Wade is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXXNumber 1Page 16 By Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaMost landscapes have difficult sites, like hot, dry, erodibleslopes or ditches where soil moisture fluctuates from very wet tovery dry. Not many plants tolerate conditions like these. Butcreeping raspberry (Rubus pentalobus) not only survivesthere but thrives.last_img

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