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Rubus glaucus - Benth.

Common Name Mora De Castilla, Andes berry
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range S. America - northern Andes through Central America to Mexico.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Rubus glaucus Mora De Castilla, Andes berry


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Rubus glaucus Mora De Castilla, Andes berry
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Rubus glaucus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Apomictic (reproduce by seeds formed without sexual fusion). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[196]. Rich, tart and very juicy, they are superior in flavour and quality to most cultivated blackberries and raspberries[196]. Similar to a loganberry in terms of taste and utility. The fruit is up to 3cm long[196].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Dye  Dye

Because the plant has a resistance to cane-spot disease (Mycosphaerella rubi) and also has potential for improving the quality of other fruits, this species is crossed with Rubus cultivars in breeding programmes[317 ]. This species could be useful in hybridization programmes with American and European blackberries and raspberries, but it is susceptible to some N. American raspberry diseases[196 ]. A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168 ].

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Often cultivated in S. America for its edible fruit[196]. Yields of up to 20 tonnes per hectare are achieved in S. America[196]. This species could be useful in hybridization programmes with American and European blackberries and raspberries, but it is susceptible to some N. American raspberry diseases[196]. Closely related to R. occidentalis[200]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3°c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Mora de Castilla, Andes-berry, Mora, Andes black raspberry,

SOUTHERN AMERICA: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Huánuco,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

Lorax   Sun Apr 20 2008

Growers of R. glaucus should be cautioned that it can become invasive under ideal growing conditions.

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