Virginia Tech Dendrology

dewberry Rosaceae Rubus flagellaris Willd. Listen to the Latin symbol: RUFL
Leaf: Alternate, palmately compound, 3 to 5 serrated leaflets, 3 to 7 inches long, rachis prickly, green above.
Flower: White, 5 petals, 1 inch across, appearing late spring to early summer..
Fruit: Juicy, black multiple of drupes 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, ripening in late summer.
Twig: Slender, round, green to red, stout, curved prickles.
Bark: Near the base of plant the stem will split and peel, turning light brown.
Form: Prostrate, flattened, spreading shrub
Looks like: Alleghany blackberry - prickly Florida blackberry - black raspberry - multiflora rose
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information: Rubus flagellaris is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting dewberry.
More Information: Fall Color
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