Rubus pentalobus
Photo by Stephanie Falzone

creeping raspberry

This plant grows well in the following regions:

  • SMSierra and Coastal Mountains
  • NCNorth and Central Coast
Map of regions (click to enlarge)
map of California regions


Native to the mountains of Taiwan. Thickly foliaged stems spread at a moderate rate to form a dense carpet 1 ft high. Rounded leaves with ruffled-edged lobes. Small white flowers that look like strawberry blossoms, followed by salmon-colored berries.

Also goes by the names Rubus rolfei and Rubus calycinoides.

Forms dense carpet one foot in height and spreading by underground shoots. Unlike other brambles, stems and leaves are thornless and evergreen.

‘Emerald Carpet’ has superior foliage that turns raspberry red with the onset of cool autumn nights. Spreads 5 ft in 3 years. Makes a durable groundcover for sun or partial shade. Can also cascade over a wall.

Sun needs:

  • Full sun
  • Partial sun

Water needs:

  • Medium water
Water needs information from WUCOLS unless otherwise noted