Rubus occidentalis

Common Names: Black raspberry, wild black raspberry, black caps, black cap raspberry, thimbleberry, scotch cap
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Rubus genus

A deciduous shrub growing to 2 to 3 m tall, with prickly shoots. The leaves are pinnate, with five leaflets on leaves, strong-growing stems in their first year, and three leaflets on leaves on flowering branchlets. The flowers are distinct in having long, slender sepals 6 to 8 mm long, more than twice as long as the petals. The round-shaped fruit is a 12 to 15 mm diameter aggregation of drupelets. As suggested by the common name, black raspberries usually have very dark purple-black fruits, rich in anthocyanin pigments. However, due to occasional mutations in the genes controlling anthocyanin production, yellow-fruited variants sometimes occur, and have been occasionally propagated.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: The ripe berries are edible, sweet, a bit tart, and flavorful.
Warnings: The plant produces sharp thorns which are capable of inflicting minor injury.