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Rubus caesius

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Deciduous shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Fens, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, rocky places, sand dunes, scrub, seaside, waterside, woodland.

White, 5 petals
The white flowers are are up to 1 inch in diameter. Pollinated by insects.
Dull blue, fleshy, waxy berries consisting of many segments known as drupes (or drupelets). Dewberry may be confused with the much more common Blackberry plant, a.k.a. Bramble. The berries of the Dewberry are slightly larger and with fewer segments than those of Blackberries, and in addition to this Blackberries have darker-coloured fruit.
Alternate, trefoil and hairy leaves. Stalked and serrated. The branches of the Dewberry plant are more scrambling than those of Blackberry. The Blackberry is taller and more upright.
Other Names:
Blue Bramble, Blueberry Raspberry, Common Dewberry, European Dewberry, Theve Thorn.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Other Information


Rubus caesius, also known as dewberry or blueberry raspberry, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is native to Europe and Asia, but has been introduced to other parts of the world including North America. The plant is characterized by its white or pink flowers and trailing, woody stems that can grow up to 3 meters long. It produces small, round fruit that are dark blue or black in color and have a sweet, tart flavor. Dewberry plants can be found in a variety of habitats including woodlands, hedgerows, and coastal areas. The fruit is often used in pies, jams, and other baked goods, and the leaves of the plant can be brewed into a tea.


Dewberry, also known as Rubus caesius, is a species of bramble that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a low-growing shrub that can reach a height of up to 2 meters, and it is known for its delicious, sweet berries that are often used to make jams, jellies, and other baked goods.

One of the most notable characteristics of the dewberry plant is its thorny stems, which can make it difficult to harvest the berries without getting poked. However, these thorns also serve an important function in protecting the plant from predators and helping it to climb and spread through surrounding vegetation.

The dewberry plant is a hardy species that can thrive in a variety of soils and climates, and it is often found growing along the edges of fields and forests, or along roadsides and other disturbed areas. Despite its tough exterior, however, the dewberry plant is also quite delicate and requires careful management to maintain its health and productivity.

In terms of its cultural and historical significance, the dewberry has long been valued for its sweet and juicy fruit, and it has been used for food and medicinal purposes for centuries. For example, the berries have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive problems, fevers, and skin rashes.

Today, dewberries continue to be a popular and versatile ingredient in the kitchen, and they are often used to make syrups, jams, and jellies that can be used to flavor a wide range of dishes. They are also a popular ingredient in baking, and they are often used to make cakes, muffins, and other sweet treats.

In addition to its culinary uses, dewberries also have important ecological roles. For example, they provide food and habitat for a variety of wildlife, including birds, insects, and small mammals. The plant's flowers are also important sources of nectar for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and moths.

Another interesting fact about dewberries is that they are part of the rose family, Rosaceae, and are closely related to other popular brambles such as blackberries and raspberries. This means that they share many of the same growth habits and cultural requirements as these other brambles.

When it comes to growing dewberries, the plant prefers well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded location. It is also important to keep the plant well-watered and to mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. In addition, it is important to prune the plant regularly to encourage healthy growth and to remove any dead or diseased wood.

One thing to keep in mind when growing dewberries is that they can be invasive in some areas, so it is important to keep them well-contained and to control their spread. This can be done by removing any runners or shoots that appear outside of the desired area, and by planting the plant in a container or raised bed if necessary.

Overall, dewberries are a delicious and versatile berry that are well worth exploring, both for their flavor and their many benefits to the environment. Whether you are looking for a new and flavorful ingredient for your kitchen, or you are simply interested in growing a new plant for your garden, the dewberry is sure to be a rewarding and enjoyable addition to your life!

Another great aspect of growing dewberries is that they are relatively low-maintenance compared to many other fruit plants. Unlike many other fruits that require regular pruning and training, dewberries can be left to grow relatively freely, with just a little bit of pruning to keep them healthy and productive.

If you are looking to grow dewberries in your own garden, it is a good idea to start with a healthy, disease-free plant from a reputable nursery. Dewberries are typically propagated through cuttings or division, and they can also be grown from seed, although this method is less common and takes longer to produce fruit.

In terms of pests and diseases, dewberries are relatively hardy, but they can still be susceptible to a variety of problems. For example, they may be attacked by pests such as aphids, spider mites, and caterpillars, or they may be affected by diseases such as powdery mildew or verticillium wilt. However, these issues can usually be prevented or controlled with good cultural practices and the use of appropriate fungicides or insecticides as needed.

One final thing to keep in mind when growing dewberries is that they are typically harvested in late spring or early summer, when the berries have ripened to a dark, glossy black. The berries can be harvested by gently pulling them from the plant, and they are best consumed fresh or used for cooking within a few days of picking.

In addition to being a valuable plant for gardens and kitchens, dewberries also have cultural and historical significance in many parts of the world. For example, in folklore, dewberries are often associated with good luck and prosperity, and they have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments.

In terms of nutritional value, dewberries are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. For example, they are a good source of vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system and protect against cellular damage. They are also rich in fiber, which helps to regulate digestion and maintain a healthy weight.

Another important aspect of dewberries is that they are an important source of food for many species of wildlife. For example, they are a staple food for many species of birds, and they provide important habitat and nesting sites for these birds. In addition, dewberries are also an important food source for many species of insects, including bees, butterflies, and moths, which play a critical role in pollinating plants and maintaining biodiversity.

When it comes to growing dewberries, it is important to consider their preferred growing conditions, which include well-drained soil and a sunny or partially shaded location. In addition, it is important to keep the plant well-watered and to mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. With proper care and attention, dewberries can provide many years of sweet and juicy berries, as well as valuable habitat and food for wildlife.

In conclusion, dewberries are a valuable and versatile berry that are well worth exploring, both for their flavor and their many benefits to the environment. Whether you are looking for a new and flavorful ingredient for your kitchen, or you are simply interested in growing a new plant for your garden, the dewberry is sure to be a delicious and rewarding addition to your life!


Dewberry filmed in Carnforth, Lancashire on the 18th July 2022.


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