raspberry Rosaceae Rubus
|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:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson