black raspberry Rosaceae Rubus occidentalis
Leaf:Alternate, palmately compound, 3 to 5 inches long and wide, 3 to 5 leaflets with serrated margins, small prickles on petiole, light green above, and much paler (nearly white) below.
Flower:Species is monoecious; not showy, 5 small greenish white petals, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Juicy, black, multiple of drupes, 1/2 inch across, ripen in mid summer. When picked they separate from the fleshy core forming a hollow shell.
Twig:Arching "canes" which generally live 2 years. Purplish-red with an abundance of white glaucous bloom and hooked prickles. Canes readily root at the tips when they contact the ground.
Bark:Similar to canes but darker and not glaucous.
Form:Arching canes may reach 3 to 5 feet high, often forming dense tangled thickets.