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Scientific Name: Rubus niveus
Alternative Names: Whitebark Raspberry

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Rubus niveus
Rubus niveus
Rubus niveus
Rubus niveus


  • Perennial
  • Hardy, deciduous thorny shrub with white bark - growing up to 2 m.
  • Has a perennial crown and biennial stems - it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock, which fruit in their second year.
  • The leaves are pinnate, with five leaflets growing on white stems in their first year and three leaflets on the flowering branchlets the 2nd year - bearing white to light purple flowers.
  • The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects.
  • The fruit is reddish-purple, dark blue to nearly black when ripe.
  • Will grow in any well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade.

Culinary Uses

  • Fruit is well flavored and can be eaten raw or cooked in pies and jams.
  • Can also be dried for winter use.
  • A refreshing tea can be made from the leaves - it is high in vitamin C.
  • Young shoots can be harvested as they emerge in the spring, then peeled and eaten raw or cooked like asparagus.

Parts Used

  • Fruit, stems and leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Packed with antioxidants almost 300 times more than blueberry.
  • The whole plant is astringent.
  • An infusion of the root or the leaves has been used in the treatment of diarrhea and upset stomachs.
  • A mild infusion of the roots has been used in the treatment of influenza.
  • A poultice of the powdered stems has been used to treat cuts and wounds.

Other Uses

  • A purple to dull blue dye can be obtained from the fruit.
  • Plant 1m apart to form a dense hedge around your property - will keep intruders out.
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