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Rubus niveus Mysore Raspberry   Rosaceae
 

Mysore Raspberry, Ceylon Raspberry, Hill Raspberry; Chinese: 红泡刺藤, hong pao ci teng, Hindi: काला हिसालू, Kala hinsalu, Rubus niveus

 
Mysore Raspberry, Ceylon Raspberry, Hill Raspberry; Chinese: 红泡刺藤, hong pao ci teng, Hindi: काला हिसालू, Kala hinsalu, Rubus niveus

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 pinMysore Raspberry, Ceylon Raspberry, Hill Raspberry; Chinese: 红泡刺藤, hong pao ci teng, Hindi: काला हिसालू, Kala hinsalu, Rubus niveusk to red petals. The fruit is 8–12 mm diameter, densely grey tomentose, dark red at first, ripening black.
Cultivation

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 large plantings.

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 Myanmar/Burma.

     
     

 

  

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