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Rubus pubescens

Dwarf red blackberry, Dwarf raspberry, Dwarf red raspberry, Trailing raspberry, Dwarf red bramble, Dewberry, Pigeonberry

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Rubus pubescens (Dwarf red blackberry)
Smith, R.W.

Ranging across northern Eurasia and northern North America as far south as montane Colorado, West Virginia, and Oregon, this diminutive, trailing Rubus species has decorative white flowers and red fruit. It prefers rich, moist, woodland soil. Its fruit is edible but slightly tart and with little pulp. Would make a good groundcover in moist, forested northern landscapes.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Trifoliate
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous , Hirsute
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Leaf Apex: Acute
Leaf Base: Cuneate
Leaf Texture: Smooth
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Terminal
Size Notes: Usually up to a foot high
Leaf: green
Flower: Flower 1 cm
Fruit: Red to 1 cm
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Blooms from late spring to early summer


USA: CO , CT , ID , IL , IN , IA , ME , MA , MI , MN , MT , NE , NH , NJ , NY , ND , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , VT , WA , WV , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NT , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Native Distribution: Northern Eurasia and northern North America. Across Canada, south in the US as far as West Virginia, Nebraska, and Colorado at higher elevations
Native Habitat: Moist woodland and forest edge, bog/fen

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet , Moist , Dry
Drought Tolerance: Low
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rich, moist woodland soils


Use Ornamental: A good, trailing groundcover for rich, moist, shady areas in the north
Use Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies
Use Food: Fruit edible but tart and with minimal pulp.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Birds

Last Update: 2015-05-15