• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Rubus 'Betty Ashburner'

  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details A spreading, low-growing shrub to 30cm in height, with arching, red-bristled stems that root from leaf axils. Leaves are evergreen, heart-shaped, mid-green and glaucous underneath. In summer, white saucer -shaped flowers are borne, followed by orange fruits

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full sun

  • Partial shade

  • Aspect East-facing or North-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Spreads indefinitely and needs little maintenance so ideal groundcover for banks and slopes

Propagation Detach and pot up or replant rooted pieces between autumn and spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Ground Cover Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 7

Pests Generally pest-free

Diseases May be susceptible to grey moulds

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