Black Raspberry Rubus occidentalis
Rose Rosaceae family

Leaves are alternate and palmately compound having 3-5 leaflets, serrated or double toothed edges, oblong to egg-like in shape. Leaves range in size from 2"-8", are dark green above and are pale and hairy to prickly underneath.

Flowers/Fruits: Flowers are white with five petals and about 1/2" wide, bloom April to June. Berries are purple to black and when picked they separate from a large recepticle, leaving a deep hollow center. Berries are 1/2" wide and appear June through August.

Buds/Twigs: Long canes or twigs are arching and range in color from green to reddish brown, a white blume is noticeable on the twigs. Long hooking thorns are numerous. If the tip of a cane arches to the ground it may re-root.

Form/Habitat: Reaches 3'-6' in height and prefers dry, rocky soil. Often takes root in any disturbed area following logging, fires and farming.

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Interesting Fact: Kiowa and Apache Indians used the roots of the black rapsberry plant to make tea which was used to cure stomach aches.

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