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Rubus cuneifolius (Sand blackberry)
Bruso, George H.

Rubus cuneifolius

Rubus cuneifolius Pursh

Sand Blackberry

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Rubus chapmanii, Rubus cuneifolius var. angustior, Rubus cuneifolius var. spiniceps, Rubus cuneifolius var. subellipticus, Rubus dixiensis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A shrubby plant with prickly stems.

The genus Rubus includes cultivated and wild blackberries and raspberries.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit Type: Aggregate , Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall, often shorter.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Aggregated drupelets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , PA , SC , TN , VA
Native Distribution: New York and New Hampshire south to Florida and west to Louisiana.
Native Habitat: Sandy thickets, woodland edges, fields.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


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.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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