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Rubus canadensis (Smooth blackberry)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Rubus canadensis

Rubus canadensis L.

Smooth Blackberry

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Rubus argutus var. randii, Rubus besseyi, Rubus canadensis var. imus, Rubus forestalis, Rubus illustris, Rubus irregularis, Rubus laetabilis, Rubus millspaughii, Rubus randii

USDA Symbol: RUCA16

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: CT , GA , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade


Warning: Thorns or prickles.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Rubus canadensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rubus canadensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rubus canadensis


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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