Rubus parviflorus

Western thimbleberry

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 7' X 7'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



The thimbleberry is widespread in North America from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic. In California it is common in mountainous areas where it is found growing in an open patch of three foot stalks loosely covered with lobed leaves reminiscent of maple leaves. Fortunately, unlike other members of the genus, thimbleberry is thornless. The flowers are white with yellow centers. The berries appear sparingly in mid-summer and are usually quickly devoured by birds. Plant in well-draining, fertile soil. This rose relative appreciates a moist environment and will spread via underground rhizomes if healthy. Thimbleberry is winter deciduous.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous