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Rubus 'Benenden'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Colourful bark, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Juliette Wade, copyright GAP Photos (66433)

Plant details

There is a huge group of ornamental brambles, some with attractive, often edible fruits, and others with fine autumn foliage or large, exceptional flowers. Most of them are tough plants, able to withstand exposure and poor conditions without ill-effect. 'Benenden', formerly known as Rubus 'Tridel' and R. tridel 'Benenden', is a beautiful relative of the blackberry, with thornless peeling stems which grow upright, making them easy to support, and then arch at the top. The 5cm (2in) glistening white blooms appear along the full length of the stems. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rubus

Cultivar: Benenden

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful bark, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

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