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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
common blackberry common bramble bumble-kites
Rubus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, often scrambling with bristly or prickly stems bearing simple, lobed, palmate or pinnate leaves and 5-petalled flowers followed by juicy, sometimes edible fruits
R. fruticosus agg. are very vigorous, very thorny scramblers with pink or white flowers in summer followed by black berries. The dark green leaves with three leaflets can provide good autumn tints. It is a valuable plant for wildlife, providing food and shelter
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect West-facing or East-facing or South-facing or North-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
wider than 8 metres
Time to ultimate height
Can be fan-trained to provide fruit, but more suited to a wildlife garden. Tolerates most soils and situations, but need sun to flower and fruit well
Propagate by seed or by tip layering, which it does naturally
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning Cutting out old canes, and shortening new ones, helps retain some measure of control but plants may need cutting to the ground every few years
Pests Insect pests rarely have much impact
Disease problems rarely have much impact
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