trailing raspberry Rosaceae Rubus
pedatus Sm. symbol: RUPE
Leaf: Alternate, palmately compound with 3-5 leaflets, 1 1/2 inch long and wide; leaflets oval or obovate with serrate margins; shiny dark green with sunken veins above, paler below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; showy white single flowers (one inch across) with 5 petals; borne on long stalks to the same height as the leaves.
Fruit: Juicy, red, soft, a very loose multiple of 1-6 drupes, ripen mid summer; sweet and edible. When picked they separate from the fleshy core forming a hollow shell.
Form: A very low trailing shrub or perennial herb that roots at the nodes, mostly less than 6 inches.
Additional Range Information: Rubus pedatus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting trailing raspberry.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson