Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs eBook

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R. BIFLORUS.—­Himalayas, 1818.  A tall-growing species with whitish, spiny stems, and simple three-lobed leaves that are tomentose on the under sides.  The flowers are thickly produced, pure white, and render the plant highly attractive, and of great beauty.

R. DELICIOSUS.—­This Rocky Mountain Bramble (1870) is a very worthy species, with three or five-lobed (not pinnate) leaves, and large, pure white flowers that are each about 2 inches in diameter, and produced in profusion from the leaf-axils.  For ornamental planting this may be placed in the first rank of the family to which it belongs.

R. FRUTICOSUS.—­Common Bramble, or Blackberry.  Of this well-known native species there are several worthy varieties, of which the double-flowered are especially worth notice, blooming as they do in the latter part of summer.  R. fruticosus flore albo-pleno (Double white-flowered Bramble), and R. fruticosus flore roseo-pleno (Double red-flowered Bramble) are very pretty and showy varieties, and well worth including in any collection.  There is a pretty variegated-leaved form of the common Bramble, known as R. fruticosus variegatus.

R. LACINIATUS, Cut-leaved Bramble, might also be included on account of its profusion of white flowers, and neatly divided foliage.

R. NUTKANUS.—­North America, 1826.  This has white flowers, but otherwise it resembles R. odoratus.

R. ODORATUS.—­Purple flowering Raspberry.  North America, 1700.  The sweet-scented Virginian Raspberry forms a rather dense, upright growing bush, fully 4 feet high, with large broadly five-lobed and toothed leaves, that are more or less viscid, sweet-scented, and deciduous.  The leaves are placed on long, hairy, viscid foot-stalks.  Flowers in terminal corymbs, large and nearly circular, purplish-red in colour, and composed of five broad, round petals.  The fruit, which is rarely produced in this country, is velvety and amber-coloured.  It is a very ornamental species, the ample Maple-like leaves and large flowers rendering it particularly attractive in summer.  The leaves, and not the flowers as is generally supposed, are sweetly scented.

R. ROSAEFOLIUS.—­Rose-leaved Raspberry.  Himalayas, 1811.  Another half-hardy species, and only suited for planting against sunny walls.  Leaves pinnate, finer than those of the Raspberry.  R. r. coronarius, with semi-double white flowers, is better than the type.

R. SPECTABILIS.—­The Salmon Berry.  North America, 1827.  Grows about 6 feet high, with ternate or tri-lobate leaves that are very thickly produced.  Flowers usually bright red or purplish-coloured, and placed on long pendulous footstalks.  It is of very dense growth, occasioned by the number of suckers sent up from the roots.

There are also some of the so-called American Brambles well worthy of attention, two of the best being Kittatiny and Lawton’s: 

The brambles are particularly valuable shrubs, as owing to their dense growth they may be used for a variety of purposes, but especially for covering unsightly objects or banks.  They are all wonderfully floriferous, and succeed admirably even in very poor and stony soils.  Increase is readily obtained either from root suckers or by layering.

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