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PlantFiles: Southern Dewberry
Rubus trivialis

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Species: trivialis (tri-VEE-ah-liss) (Info)

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tanglethornfarm On Nov 12, 2011, tanglethornfarm from Lloyd, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grows wild in North Florida. Forms dense briars that are painful to walk through. The plant is covered in sharp thorns that make it difficult to work with, even with gloves, long sleeves, and long pants. Almost impossible to eradicate from areas you don't want it. But, in the spring, it produces huge amounts of fruit over a long period. The fruit varies in quality, being from a wild plant; but it is generally very good. Sometimes smaller and tarter than commerical blackberries, but often huge and sweet. I like these enough I named the farm after them.

Negative parrotma32578 On Jul 26, 2010, parrotma32578 from Niceville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

In the Florida panhandle, this bush is extremely invasive and wraps around other plants. It is very difficult to eradicate.

Positive CajuninKy On Apr 3, 2009, CajuninKy from Biggs, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant grows wild in the wetlands of South La. It is prolific and the fruit is delicious. It can be used in anyway a blackberry can be used. The fruit is generally larger than a native blackberry and they bloom and bear before the blackberry does. The white blooms are very pretty. I did not grow this plant in a bed as it was not needed. They were all over the area, in the woods, beside the road and in the ditches. It was very easy to gather a large amount without going far from home.

Neutral librarianlanell On Apr 24, 2005, librarianlanell from Spring, TX wrote:

This plant grows wild in the south (Houston, Tx). And, as with most berry bushes, it has many thorns. Haven't tried the fruit.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Midland City, Alabama
Saraland, Alabama
Deland, Florida
Hampton, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Milton, Florida
Monticello, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Brookeville, Maryland
Saucier, Mississippi
Bellville, Texas
Brenham, Texas
Houston, Texas
Needville, Texas
Paris, Texas
Quinlan, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Victoria, Texas

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