Rubus niveus (Mysore Raspberry, Ceylon Raspberry, Hill Raspberry;
Chinese: 红泡刺藤, hong pao ci teng, Hindi: काला हिसालू, Kala hinsalu)
is a species of Rubus native to southern Asia, from Afghanistan east
through India and China to Taiwan and the Philippines, south to Sri
Lanka and Malaysia, and north to Gansu in China.
It is a shrub
growing to t tall, the stems whitish tomentose at first,
becoming glabrous green to purple later. The leaves are pinnate with
5–11 leaflets (mostly 7 or 9), the leaflets 2.5–8 cm long and 1–4 cm
broad, dark green above, densely pale grey to white tomentose
beneath. The flowers are about 1 cm diameter, with five dark pink to
red petals. The fruit is 8–12 mm diameter, densely grey tomentose,
dark red at first, ripening black.
It is cultivated for its edible fruit. It has become naturalised
and invasive in Hawaii and the Galápagos Islands
Excellent flavored raspberry adapted well to warmer regions.
Fruits are dark-purple/black, with a sweet, full, raspberry flavor.
Description: Shrubby, thorny bush to 8-15ft. Growth habit is
sprawling, with branches/canes reaching several feet in length.
General appearance is much like the common raspberry, except the
bushes tend to be larger.
Hardiness: Hardy to at least 20F, but mature plants can survive
into the teens.
Growing Environment: Plants grow well in full sun. If growing
several plants space them approximately 6-8ft from one another.
Water regularly. Fruiting may occur off and on all year, but is
usually heaviest in winter months.
Propagation: By seed. Seeds can be extremely slow to sprout,
taking from a few weeks to many months. Cuttings are often used for
Uses: Fruits are eaten fresh, used in desserts, and can be used
wherever raspberries or blackberries are needed.
Native Range: Native to the lower Himalayan region of India and