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Rubus hispidus L.
Bristly dewberry, Swamp Dewberry
Synonym(s): Rubus hispidus var. cupulifer, Rubus hispidus var. obovalis, Rubus sempervirens
USDA Symbol: ruhi
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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
, 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.
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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Record Last Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff