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Labrador Tea vs Black Raspberry

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

Rubus occidentalis

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Labrador Tea
Black Raspberry

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

The Black Raspberry is a multi-stemmed shrub that produces edible red berries that deepen to black as they mature. The berries are flavorful and are great for fresh eating and preserves. Black Raspberry shrubs bloom in late spring with white, rose-like flowers and attract many pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Black Raspberries are floricanes primarily fruiting on second year canes. Each spring cut back all two-year old canes, leaving only the last year’s growth.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

BLACK RASPBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: any
Fall colour: rust orange
Berries: red to black
Flowers: white, fragrant
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: high



Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested


Other Names: bears eye blackberry, black cap, scotch cap