|Cultivated in Sweden|
Rubus deliciosus (Boulder Raspberry or Delicious Raspberry) is a deciduous shrub native to the United States, in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, New Mexico, western Oklahoma (Cimarron County only), and Wyoming.
Rubus deliciosus is a deciduous shrub or vine growing to 1.5 m (rarely to 3 m) with arching stems; unlike many species of Rubus, the flowering stems are perennial. The bark is flaky and peeling. The leaves are simple (not compound, like most other species in the genus), 3.3–5 cm long and broad, with three shallowly rounded lobes (occasionally unlobed or five-lobed), becoming glabrous beneath. The flowers are 3.8–6 cm diameter, fragrant, with five white petals 1.5–3 cm across.
Rubus deliciosus has been hybridized in cultivation with the very closely related (and possibly conspecific) Rubus trilobus of southern Mexico. This hybrid was introduced by the English plant collector Collingwood Ingram as R. x tridel (Flowering bramble). It is popular as an ornamental plant in gardens, having larger flowers up to 8 cm diameter.
The cultivar R. x tridel 'Benenden' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
- USDA Plants Profile: Rubus deliciosus
- Oklahoma Biological Survey: Rubus deliciosus
- Weber, W.A. & Wittmann, R.C. 1992. Catalog of the Colorado flora: a biodiversity baseline. University of Colorado Press, Niwot, Co. The Colorado Catalog - Online Version
- Rocky Mountain Native Plants Company: Rubus deliciosus
- Phillips. R. & Rix. M. (1989). Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 978-0-330-30258-6.
- Weber, W.A. 1976. Rocky Mountain flora: A field guide for the identification of the Ferns, Conifers, and Flowering Plants of the Southern Rocky Mountains from Pikes Peak to Rocky Mountain National Park and from the Plains to the Continental Divide. University Press of Colorado, Niwot, CO.
- National Museums Northern Ireland: Ornamental Bramble