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Rubus hispidus L.
Bristly dewberry, Swamp Dewberry
USDA Symbol: ruhi
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Trailing, woody stems bearing weak, backward-curving bristles, erect branches, usually 3-parted, shiny leaves, and white flowers in loose, terminal clusters or in leaf axils.
A great many species of dewberry occur, some with bristles and some with stronger prickles. These plants and the related blackberries and raspberries (both in Rubus) are among the most important summer foods for songbirds and game birds as well as for many mammals.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
Ontario east to Nova Scotia, south to South Carolina, west to Tennessee, and north to Iowa and Wisconsin. Native Habitat:
Usually moist thickets, open woods, and clearings. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitWarning: Plant has thorns or prickles.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff