Purple Raspberry bears mouth-watering fruits, making many gardeners want to include this species in their garden collection. However, keep in mind that this fragrant greenie needs lots of attention. It can become invasive if left uncontrolled.
Commonly known as Purple Raspberry, Rubus idaeus x occidentalis is a cross between European and American Red Raspberries. This hybrid is cherished for its unique fruit qualities and is widely cultivated in temperate regions worldwide. Purple Raspberry is a deciduous shrub that can quickly grow up to 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m). It usually produces berries in its second year of growth, which ripen in early to mid-summer. The fruits are delicious and combine the traits of Red and Black Raspberries. The leaves usually have three to five leaflets that are green on top and have a whitish color underneath due to a fine layer of hair.