raspberry Rosaceae Rubus
idaeus L. symbol: RUID
Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound leaf with 3 to 7 serrated leaflets, 5 to 8 inches long, green above and nearly white below, very fine prickles or glandular hairs on petiole.
Flower: Greenish, with very small white petals that fall away quickly, not showy, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Juicy, red, multiple of drupes, ripen in late summer, very tasty. When picked they separate from the fleshy core forming a hollow shell.
Twig: Arching round "canes" that are bristly hairy to slightly prickly and reddish green. Canes do not root at the tips.
Bark: Brown and scaly on oldest canes.
Form: Arching canes that may reach 3 to 5 feet high, often forming dense tangles.
Looks like: Alleghany blackberry - wine raspberry - whitebark raspberry - black raspberry
Additional Range Information: Rubus idaeus is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting raspberry.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - 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