Elm-Leaved Bramble (Rubus ulmifolius)

R. discolor. Syme. non Weihe.&Nees.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Elm-Leaved Bramble
Rubus ulmifolius

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].

The root yields an orange dye when mixed with salt[148].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[105, 145]. Aromatic, but with small dryish drupelets[11]. Sweet[148].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3¡c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil[1, 11, 200]. Succeeds on chalk or clay soils, preferring open habitats in the wild[17, 150]. Tolerates poor soils so long as they are not dry[202]. Succeeds in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200] and also in deep shade though growth is more lax in such a position[202]. Hardy to about -18¡c[202]. Plants reproduce sexually and not apomictically like many brambles. Individual plants are self-sterile[17]. This species is a blackberry with biennial stems, it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock, these stems fruit in their second year and then die[200]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Europe, including Britain, from he Netherlands south and east to N. Africa, Italy and Macaronesia.

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