Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) ROO-bus ox-ee-den-TAL-is

Family Rosaceae
Why Like Raspberry thickets have spread in the past decade to cover most of Crow Island Woods' forest floor with dense thickets. The upside: yummy raspberries in late summer. The downside: very prickly!

Native to Eastern and Central North America south to Georgia and Missouri, dense thorny thickets of black raspberry naturally occur in ravines and borders of woods, often in full shade, preferring moist areas. The rootstock is perennial, but the stems are biennial -- producing tasty berries in the second year and then dying. Young shoots are also edible -- raw or cooked like rhubarb -- when they emerge from the soil in spring. A tea was historically made from the leaves or bark of the root.

Named Cultivars Rubus occidentalis 'Black Jewel', Rubus occidentalis 'Cumberland'
Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial
Mature Size 5 - 10 feet tall.
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet:
Zones 3a - 7b
Bloom Period June
Flower Color White
Foliage Color
Animals That Use It


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