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White-stemmed Bramble

Rubus cockburnianus

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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, Dewberry, 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, 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:
3 metres tall
Gardens, riversides, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Purple, 5 petals
Purple, saucer-shaped flowers with numerous stamens. Pollinated by insects.
The fruit is a bluish-black berry, 1cm in diameter. The seeds ripen in August and September.
Pinnate leaves, up to 20cm in length. The leaflets are lance-shaped and white woolly beneath. The leaves are dark green above. Leaf margins are serrated. Stems are white, erect and arching.
Other Names:
Cockthorn's Blackberry, Himalayan Blackberry.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Rubus cockburnianus, also known as Cockburn's blackberry or the Himalayan blackberry, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family. It is native to the Himalayan region of Asia, and is widely cultivated in other parts of the world for its edible fruit. The plant is a deciduous shrub with spiny stems and compound leaves, and it produces clusters of small, white or pink flowers in the spring. The fruit is a blackberry that is sweet and flavorful when ripe. Rubus cockburnianus is often used in cooking and baking, and is a popular ingredient in pies, jams, and other sweet treats.


White-stemmed Bramble (Rubus cockburnianus) is a species of flowering plant in the rose family. It is native to Asia and is widely cultivated for its edible fruit. This plant is also known as white-stemmed raspberry and is commonly grown in temperate regions around the world.

One of the key features of the white-stemmed bramble is its bright green leaves, which are typically about three inches in length. The leaves are divided into five or seven leaflets and are often covered in tiny hairs. The white-stemmed bramble is a deciduous plant, meaning that it loses its leaves in the fall.

The white-stemmed bramble produces white or pale pink flowers in the spring, which are followed by bright red berries in the summer. The berries are sweet and juicy, making them a popular food source for both humans and wildlife. In addition to being delicious, the berries are also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

The white-stemmed bramble is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and care for. It can be propagated from cuttings, but is also often grown from seed. The plant prefers well-drained soils and full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.

In addition to its culinary uses, the white-stemmed bramble also has medicinal properties. The leaves and bark of the plant have been used for centuries to treat various ailments, including digestive problems and skin conditions. The plant is also rich in compounds that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

The white-stemmed bramble is also a popular plant for wildlife, as it provides food and shelter for many species of birds, insects, and mammals. For example, the berries are a favorite food of birds such as thrushes and waxwings, while the dense thickets that the plant forms provide cover and nesting sites for many bird species.

Another important benefit of the white-stemmed bramble is its ability to prevent soil erosion. The plant's strong roots help to hold the soil in place, and the leaves and stems provide a protective mat that helps to slow down water runoff. This makes the white-stemmed bramble an important tool for controlling erosion in agricultural and horticultural areas.

When growing white-stemmed bramble, it is important to keep the plant healthy by providing adequate moisture and nutrients. The plant will also benefit from regular pruning, which helps to promote healthy growth and fruiting. If left unpruned, the plant can become overgrown and difficult to manage.

One final aspect to consider is the impact of white-stemmed bramble on the environment. Like many other invasive plant species, this plant has the potential to displace native plant species and disrupt local ecosystems. It is important to monitor the growth of white-stemmed bramble in areas where it is not native and to take steps to prevent its spread if necessary.

One method of controlling the spread of white-stemmed bramble is to remove any new shoots that sprout from the roots of the plant. This can be done by digging down and removing the shoots, or by using a systemic herbicide that will kill the shoots without harming the surrounding plants.

Another way to control the spread of white-stemmed bramble is to plant other species of plants that will compete with it for light, water, and nutrients. This can help to prevent the bramble from becoming established and spreading in an area.

In conclusion, white-stemmed bramble is a valuable plant with many benefits, but it is important to be aware of its potential to become invasive and disrupt local ecosystems. By taking steps to monitor and control its spread, we can ensure that this plant continues to provide benefits to humans and wildlife while also preserving the health of our natural habitats.

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