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Rubus pascuus

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ROO-bus PAS-kyoo-us
Description

The Genus Rubus includes blackberry, dewberry, and raspberry and most members of the Genus share the traits of thorny or bristly stems and compound leaves. Also, flowers and fruit appear on last season’s canes (branches), seldom on new shoots, which means one must be cautious when pruning and not remove the canes that will yield next year's berries. There are differences, however, among species; for example, some are erect or arching shrubs up to 8 feet high and others trail on the ground like vines. Some, such as dewberries, produce fruits in the spring while blackberries and raspberries fruit during the summer. In general, Genus Rubus contains some of the most important plants for wildlife in the southeast

Rubus pascuus, or Chesapeake blackberry is a deciduous perennial shrub in the Roseaceae family. The species is pollinated by Insects and does well in sandy, loamy and clay soils. It prefers well-drained, moist soil and can grow in semi-shade or full sun. The fruit can be consumed raw or cooked and some find it rich and juicy in flavor. The plant can be propagated by seed or cuttings, or by division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn. This particular plant is not very common and its taxonomy is not clear. It grows only in the United States, primarily in the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas, but with scattered populations farther east in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas.

Rubus pascuus has short, compact pale pink to white flowers that usually barely surpass the leaves and it tends to hold itself relatively erect.

Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:

Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus.

 

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#deciduous#perennial#shrub#flowering shrub#edible fruits
 
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#deciduous#perennial#shrub#flowering shrub#edible fruits
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rubus
    Species:
    pascuus
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Distribution:
    Eastern United States
    Edibility:
    Reportedly rich and juicy.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Texture:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Prickles
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Type:
    Aggregate
    Drupe
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small flowers white to pale pink.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Doubly Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves deciduous to semi-evergreen with three to five leaflets and surfaces with hooked prickles.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No