Rubus hispidus (dwarf blackberry, swamp dewberry)

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Key Characteristics

  • Trailing, creeping, or low-arching shrub, up to 1.5 meters tall; forming wide-spreading clonal ground cover, the smallest of the Rubus
  • Stems very slender with abundant, very thin, slightly recurved or straight hispid prickles
  • Leaves mostly evergreen, alternate, compound, leaflets 3, rarely 5, terminal leaflet short-stalked, coarsely and doubly serrate
  • Petioles with bristles similar to those on stems
  • Fruit an aggregate of drupes, edible, sour, receptacle remains attached
  • Reproduces clonally by stolons and runners
  • Moderately shade tolerant, and prefers somewhat acidic sites

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"


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