Rubus occidentalis
Black Raspberry

 Plant Type:
 Hardiness:
 Deciduous / Evergreen:
 Flowers:
White
 Foliage:
Green
 Fruit:
Black
 Ultimate Height:
2-4 feet
 Ultimate Spread:
8-10 feet
 Light Requirements:
 Range:
Eastern US, south to Alabama
 Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are compound (3 leaflets), white-hairy underside, with toothed edges. Thorns are present on stems and branches. Fruits are fleshy, pinkish-red immature turning a deep purplish black upon maturity.

Additional Information

This thorny shrub is an Indiana native found along woodland edges. Although its natural habit is spreading, the Black Raspberry can be cut back to the ground to allow control of the spread and rejuvenation. The fruits of the Black Raspberry are sweet yet a bit tart, becoming a commercial commodity in parts of the United States. Best use in the landscape would be property boarders and erosion control. Best growth in part shade and not full sunlight.

When Rubus occidentalis has been observed flowering or fruiting at Purdue University

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