Rubus parviflorus. Native to Canada, Thimbleberries are very similar to a raspberry. Excellent under-story plant, producing smaller, flatter berries than cultivated raspberries, but with a delicious sweet-tart flavour. Apparently young shoots can be harvested in spring, lightly peeled, and then boiled for an asparagus-like 'vegetable'- we haven't tried this yet, but would love to hear from you if you have!
The thornless bush grows up to 7 feet tall, though can be kept smaller with pruning/trellising/tying down. Fruit grows best on 2-3 year old canes unlike raspberries, which makes this an ideal plant for living fences.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3
Recommended Use: fresh eating, drying
Size including roots: 1 year (40-60cm)