whitebark raspberry Rosaceae Rubus
leucodermis Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray symbol: RULE
Leaf: Alternate, compound, deciduous; young leaves typically have 5-7 leaflets while older leaves have 3; leaflets are broadly ovate and coarsely toothed, crinkly in appearance, green above and either paler green or white below with soft hairs.
Flower: Small white to pink flowers less than 1 inch across; occur singly or in clusters of 3-7 terminally or in leaf axils, appear in spring and early summer.
Fruit: Purple or black raspberries covered in a whitish bloom each 1/2 inch across; distinctly hairy; initially red but darken with age, edible and very tasty when ripe in late summer.
Twig: Round stems covered with white bloom and armed with curved, flattened prickles.
Bark: Leucodermis means "with a white skin", a reference to the whitish bark.
Form: A thicket forming shrub with arching habit (many branches arch back to the ground), grows to 6 feet tall.
Looks like: Himalaya blackberry - evergreen blackberry - salmonberry - wild blackberry
Additional Range Information: Rubus leucodermis is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting whitebark 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