Thimbleberry facts

Thimbleberry is grown as perennial flowering plant from genus Rubus in the rose family Rosaceae. This herb is native to Regions of North America. The shrub possesses edible fruits or berries and sweet in taste. The young shoots are also edible. The Thimbleberry plant is used for medicinal purposes. They are not true berries.

Name Thimbleberry
Scientific Name Rubus parviflorus
Native Native to Western North America from South Alaska as far as New Mexico, California, Chihuahua and San Luis Potosi.
Common/English Name Western thimbleberry, Mountain sorrel, Salmonberry and Western thimble raspberry
Name in Other Languages Australia: raspberry;
Estonia: väikselehine vaarikas;
Czech Republic: ostružník nutkajský;
Korea (Republic of): meongseogttalgi;
Germany: Nutka-Himbeere;
Sweden: nutkahallon;
Latvia: Nutkas avene;
USA: Japanese bramble
Plant Growth Habit Deciduous, perennial, erect, upright shrub
Growing Climate Temperate
Soil Moist
Plant Size Height: 1-8 feet; Diameter: 1.5 centimeters (0.59 inches)
Lifespan Perennial
Bark Brownish, gray flaking, smooth
Stem Red, thorn less, zigzag; Diameter: 2-15 mm; Width: 1.5-2 cm
Leaf Alternate, temate, maple shaped, toothed; Above: green; Beneath: white-tomentose; Length: 7-10 cm
Flowering Season May-July
Flower White, rose shaped; Across: 4-5 cm; Length: 5-6 mm
Sepals  Ovate; Length: 15 mm
Petals Ovate; Length: 15-30 mm
Fruit shape & size Ovoid, cup shaped
Fruit color Red
Fruit peel Smooth
Fruit Taste Sweet
Seed Small


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