Along streams and banks in the redwood forest you will see the huge velvety
leaves of Rubus parviflorus or Thimbleberry growing up to 6’ tall. Plant them
along a path to make a luminous green corridor. The papery white flowers look
somewhat like wild roses. The delicious raspberry-like fruits are very popular
with birds and people. Now you can have a bit of the redwood forest in your
garden. The large leaves give a tropical look to your semi-shady spot. Rubus
parviflorus is decidious. In the forest, its dramatic reappearance in the spring
is one of the most delightul seasonal transformations of the redwood region.