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Rubus trivialis

Common Name(s):
Dewberry, Southern dewberry
Edible Plants, Native Plants, Perennials

Rubus trivialis, also know as Southern dewberry is a native perennial shrub in the Roseaceae family.  It grows in the wet sites of bogs or swamps.

The Genus Rubus, which includes Blackberry, Dewberry, and Raspberry, contains several species that differ sometimes only slightly, some of which are erect or arching shrubs up to 8 feet high.  Other species trail along the ground and are vine-like.  Most plants have thorny or bristly stems, and all but one species in North Carolina has compound leaves.  New shoots seldom have flowers or fruits, however, in the second year the branches will flower and fruit.  Typically, the “dewberries” produce fruits in the spring and the “blackberries or raspberries” during summer.   

Regions: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains 

Seasons of Interest: 

  Blooms:  Spring            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Summer

Wildlife Value:    This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.  It provides excellent cover year round.  Butterflies and other insects are attracted to the blooms.  Its fruits are relished by songbirds, small mammals, foxes, raccoons, and black bears.  During the winter, birds and small mammals eat the seeds left from rotted fruit. White-tailed deer and rabbits browse the leaves.  This Genus contains some of the most important plants for wildlife in the Southeast.




Spring, summer
1-3 ft.
Maryland south to Florida, west to Texas, Kansas
The berries of the Southern dewberry are edible fresh or cooked.
cover, songbirds, wet soil, wet sites, bees, nectar, pollinator, deer resistant, boggy, wildlife, butterflies, wet

NCCES plant id: 3250

Rubus trivialis Flower
Bob Peterson, CC BY - 2.0