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Creeping Raspberry
800px-Creeping raspberry
Rubus calycinoides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Unranked: Angiosperms
Unranked: Eudicots
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rubus
Subgenus: Chamaebatus
Species: R. hayata-koidzumii
Binomial name
Rubus hayata-koidzumii

R. calycinoides Hayata ex Koidz. non Kuntze[1]

Rubus hayata-koidzumii is probably better known by the (illegitimate) synonym Rubus calycinoides or as Creeping Raspberry. It is a low-growing member of the genus Rubus which also includes better known edibles such as the blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, and thimbleberry.


Originally from Taiwan where it grows at high elevations.[2]


Plants are sometimes used to form a low growing, non-invasive, semi-evergreen to evergreen ground cover.[3][2]


Like other plants in this genus, creeping raspberries bear aggregate fruits. What this means is that each "fruit" is actually a cluster of small fruit-like parts (pistils) connected together into one mass. Creeping raspberry fruits are similar in appearance to blackberries or red raspberries, but differ in that their color is yellow to orangish-red. The edible fruits follow white flowers which are borne in early summer.[3]


There are no known pests or diseases which affect the creeping raspberry.[2][3]

Other names[]

The names Rubus pentalobus[4] and Rubus rolfei[5] are sometimes used in place of R. hayata-koidzumii or R. calycinoides. There are a number of other common names including "Crinkle-leaf Creeper",[4] "Taiwanese Creeping Rubus", and "Creeping Bramble", [2] but the plant is also often simply referred to by cultivar names such as 'Emerald Carpet'.[2]


R. calycinoides

Common Names[]

Creeping Raspberry


  • Soil should be well drained
  • Prefers Sun, but will accept partial shade


  • Thrives in zones 7-9
  • Plant height - no more than 6 inches
  • Deer resistent


  1. GRIN taxonomy
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Perennial Ground Covers by David S. MacKenzie: Rubus calycinoides
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Washington State University: Rubus calycinoides
  4. 4.0 4.1 Oregon State University Department of Horticulture: Rubus calycinoides
  5. Western Kentucky University: Rubus calycinoides