This attractive garden-worthy shrub, with perennial, not biennial woody stems (unlike many other rubus), is grown not only for its attractive, dazzling-red flowers, but for the juicy fruits which mature in late summer to early autumn resembling large yellow to orange-red raspberries 1.5–2 cm long, which are used to make jams and pies in their North American home. These fruits are also called Russian Raspberries or Salmon Berries. Traditionally, the berries were eaten mixed with salmon roe, hence their name, but we do not recommend this!
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered to their own depth with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed; the seed tray is best left in a cool spot outside and kept moist. Seeds germinate very slowly indeed in the spring after a chilling in the cold compost, regardless of when they are sown. Some seeds may take more than a year to germinate.
Common name:SALMON BERRY, RUSSIAN RASPBERRY