The Olympic torch passes through Edinburgh this week. Our own Olympic double has been showing promise thriving in the south border for many a year. Forming a thicket of growth, vigorous, whippy stems can race up to 2 metres in the season.
Rubus spectabilis ‘Olympic Double’ is a vigorous suckering deciduous shrub. The species, a native to the west coast of north America. It is now naturalised in Britain. This double flowered cultivar bears magenta red flowers packed with petals. Suited to full sun where it flowers in profusion.
I have Rubus Olympic Double, which I grew from a cutting several years ago. It flowers, but I really wanted it for the fruit – as you’ll know, it is a variety of Salmonberry. Now I find from one source that this variety doesn’t produce edible fruit at all – can you confirm this please? Has yours ever produced a crop? Thanks.
As a double flowered plant it is is unlikely to produce fruit.