“Parviflorus” means small-flowered, an odd choice since the flowers of this species are among the largest of this genus! These large, fragrant, white flowers appear in showy clusters in late spring to mid-summer. Then, in mid-late summer, vibrant berries mature. Like Purple Flowering Raspberry, the stems of this species are thornless, which makes harvesting the fruit easier. When eaten directly off the bush, thimbleberries are more tart than raspberries, and as such are often used to make flavourful jams and jellies. This shrub provides valuable seasonal food for birds and mammals. It also boasts large, ornamental, maple-like leaves, which turn a brilliant shade of orange to maroon in the fall. Growing to about 5-6 feet in height, this species would make a great shrub edge for a garden. As this plant enjoys the shade, it is often found on woodland edges in the wild.
Ontario Hardiness Zone: 3 to 7 (Find out your Hardiness Zone here)
Photo credits: Ferri Seeds and Plants (berries) and Fourth Corner Nurseries (leaves).