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Northern Dewberry

Rubus flagellaris

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Species: flagellaris (fla-gel-AIR-iss) (Info)


Edible Fruits and Nuts



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring






Good Fall Color

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Deland, Florida

Brookeville, Maryland

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Wadena, Minnesota

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Brecksville, Ohio

North Ridgeville, Ohio

New Albany, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 13, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A fan of full sun and drought resistant. Thorns can be quite painful.

These berries easily spread and become a mess. I'm going to have some job of getting in there and clearing it out to replace with less rambuncious berries.

Birds love the berries and the brambles provide an important habitat for certain animals, such as birds, turtles, snakes, rabbits, insects and more.


On Aug 5, 2003, bonnieg from New Albany, PA wrote:

We have an abundant crop this year, they're wild, and grow like crazy as long as we have sufficient rain mixed with hot days and cool nights as we have this summer. They bloom quite profusely in early spring, have an appearance of large wild strawberry blossoms, as well as a sweet aroma that just fills the air. I am quite taken with these berries, they have a delightfully 'woody' character, yet are definately of the blackberry flavored berries.

I have had wonderful success making everything from pies to preserves with these berries that, by the way, I didn't even know the name of until it hit me that they must be Dewberries because they grow quite literally on the ground rather than on canes, hence they must collect the dew from the cool nights. I am so happy to have found ... read more