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Rubus laciniatus

Common Name(s):
Cut-leaf blackberry, Oregon cut-leaf blackberry
Cultivar(s):
'Oregon Cutleaf Thornless'
Categories:
Edible Plants, Perennials, Shrubs
Comment:

The Oregon cut-leaf blackberry is a perennial shrub in the Roseaceae family. It is found on woodland edges and clearings and has prickly reddish stems with recurved thorns.  This species is a blackberry with biennial stems, it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock. The stems start off upright and then curve to touch the ground.  These stems fruit in their second year and then die off.  'Oregon Cutleaf Thornless' is a cultivar with great fruit flavor and production. It has a rapid growth rate and can become weedy.

Seasons of Interest:

    Bloom: Summer, June-August

Season:
Summer
Height:
2-6 ft.
Flower Color:
White to pink
Foliage:
Bright green above and pale hairy below. Leaves are alternate, compound (3-5 leaflets), with toothed margins. There are curved thorns on the leaf stem. May persist through winter.
Flower:
White 5-petaled flowers appear from July to August, followed by the ripened fruit from August to September. The fruits are red when immature, black when ripe.
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous to evergreen
Site:
Moist soil, sand, clay or loam and a variety of pH conditions. Prefers well-drained soil and light (woodland) to full sun.
Edibility:
Fruit raw or cook, juicy and very flavorful.
Width:
8 ft.
Tags:
semi-evergreen, edible, weedy, showy flowers

NCCES plant id: 3245

Rubus laciniatus Fruit in different stages. Black = ripe
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
Rubus laciniatus Leaf
Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org
Rubus laciniatus Unripe fruit
Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org