Rubus henryi var. sozostylus
Barry Clarke holds approximately 230 of the estimated 700-1000 species of Rubus. He began collecting in 1997, originally as a trial for food for insects (specifically stick insects). Barry wanted to have a suitable food supply to hand for them, but not lots of bramble, Rubus fruticosus.
“My Collection is Rubus species (Rosaceae), with the common names Blackberry, Raspberry and associated species. The scope (how wide the Collection is) cover species, primary and natural hybrids, but not cultivars and I do not collect micro-species.”
Barry was awarded National Plant Collection® status for Rubus in 2004, he is currently the Propagator at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (SHHG).
Barry has made contacts with private enthusiasts, botanic gardens and horticulture institutions, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wakehurst, and RBG Edinburgh, together with various National Trust gardens. Abroad, he has also made contacts with the Royal Copenhagen Botanical Gardens, Mt Annan Botanic Garden (Seed Bank), as well as botanic and private gardens in Ireland, France, Japan, China and Turkey, to name a few.
“This is a genus that could potentially be massive. The number of known species fluctuates as there is much global taxonomic confusion around the genus. There are many natural hybrids, micro-species and anomalies to contend with. Estimates put it at around 700 species, but from what I have seen from my explorations around the world, I would put that at more like 1000. My Collection continues to grow year by year. I am always adding to it from wild collections of my own, from donations and from support from various horticultural institutions. For this genus I will keep to the original scope.”