Etymology: Rubus: Latin name for "bramble" or "blackberry"
Plants: erect to arching, perennial, 2'-7' tall shrub; first year's cane erect, not rooting, thorns large and nearly straight
Leaves: 3-5 parted, leaflets deeply toothed
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 3/4" wide, stalk with glandular hairs, petals longer than the sepals; inflorescence usually many stalked flowered in a long cluster (raceme); blooms May-July
Fruits: black, 1/2", longer than wide berry
Habitat: disturbed forests and edges
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 2, Wetland Indicator = FACU+ USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: Shrubs: Photos, descriptions, information USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Virginia Tech Dept. of Forestry, College of Natural Resources: detailed description and photographs Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"