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Rubus thibetanus 'Silver Fern'

Rubus thibetanus 'Silver Fern'
ghost bramble

Common name ghost bramble
Family rosaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-9)
Flowers purple
Size 5-6'
Light sun-light shade

Ferny gray-green foliage on stems covered in silver bloom. I first saw this plant on a tour of a friend's garden. After I expressed my admiration of the unusual specimen, she surprised me with a division. I haven't yet seen the small purplish flowers. Two years later, the plant is finally coming into its own, with strong upright growth in spring. I'm still hoping to reproduce the marvellous show from that tour!

Rubus thibetanus 'Silver Fern'
Great presence in winter, too! This photo was taken on Christmas day, 2010.
ghost bramble
Still looking fresh in early November

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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