Etymology: Rubus: Latin name for "bramble" or "blackberry"
Plants: erect to drooping, perennial, up to 7' tall shrub; first year's canes normally not rooting at the tip, a few to many fine, straight thorns with narrow bases
Leaves: 3 or 5 parted into sharply toothed leaflets, underside strongly whitened with soft gray fuzz
Flowers: white to greenish, 5-parted, petals shorter than the sepals; inflorescence of 2-5 flowers in an umbel-like cluster (cyme) and also solitary fro
Fruits: red, 1/4"-1/3" thick, round berry with a hollow center
Habitat: dry to moist; woods, fields, roadsides
Conservation Status: Native