Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Northern Dewberry
Rubus flagellaris

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

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

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

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By CaptMicha
Thumbnail #1 of Rubus flagellaris by CaptMicha

By CaptMicha
Thumbnail #2 of Rubus flagellaris by CaptMicha

By CaptMicha
Thumbnail #3 of Rubus flagellaris by CaptMicha

Thumbnail #4 of Rubus flagellaris by RVWE

Thumbnail #5 of Rubus flagellaris by RVWE


1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative CaptMicha 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.

Positive bonnieg 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 these wonderful berries, and this site! It's so much fun to share information about things others might not know about. All I can say is, if you just plant some out in an abandoned field (ours happens to be on a sloped over grown orchard/Christmas tree farm) and they will take care of the rest. The only thing I know they are not happy with is really hot, dry weather. They just dry up and die. Otherwise, give 'em water and enjoy!! (Additionally, I think those of you who like to make your own wine, these would be just perfect!)


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

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America