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Cut-leaved Blackberry

Rubus laciniatus

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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, 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, 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
Semi-evergreen shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Cliffs, heathland, hedgerows, sand dunes, scrub, sea cliffs, seaside, wasteland, woodland.

White, 5 petals
Flowers can be white or pink. The petals are deeply cut into 3 lobes at their ends.
The fruit is a black berry. The fruits are similar in appearance to blackberry.
A scrambling, half-evergreen shrub with very easy to distinguish leaves. The leaves are deeply cut. Prickly stems. A garden escape species.
Other Names:
Blackberry, Cutleaf Blackberry, Cut-leaf Blackberry, Evergreen Blackberry, Fern-leaved Bramble, Parsley-leaved Bramble, Slashed Blackberry.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Rubus laciniatus, also known as cut-leaved blackberry or evergreen blackberry, is a perennial shrub that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a member of the Rosaceae family and is closely related to raspberries and other blackberries. The plant is known for its large, deeply lobed leaves and clusters of small, white or pink flowers. It produces blackberries that are edible, but they are usually smaller and less flavorful than those of other blackberry species. R. laciniatus is a fast-growing, high-yielding plant that is commonly grown for its fruit, but it is also used for erosion control and as an ornamental plant in gardens. The plant is adaptable and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, but it prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun.


Cut-leaved Blackberry (Rubus laciniatus) is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the rose family (Rosaceae). It is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but has been widely introduced to other parts of the world, including North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

The plant is known for its large, arching canes that grow up to 10 feet long. The leaves are pinnately compound, with 3 to 5 leaflets that are deeply lobed and have jagged edges. The leaflets are green on top and lighter underneath, and are covered in fine hairs. In the spring, the shrub produces large clusters of white or pink flowers, followed by shiny, black berries that are edible and sweet.

Cut-leaved Blackberry is a hardy plant that is well-adapted to a variety of soils and climatic conditions. It prefers moist, well-drained soils, but can also tolerate dry, rocky soils. It is often found growing along streams and in moist forests, but can also grow in open fields and along roadsides.

In addition to its ornamental value, Cut-leaved Blackberry has several practical uses. The fruit is a valuable food source for many wildlife species, including birds and mammals. The shrub's thorny canes provide cover and nesting sites for wildlife, and the leaves and stems can be used for medicinal purposes. In Europe, the plant has a long history of medicinal use, including the treatment of digestive disorders, skin conditions, and respiratory problems.

However, despite its many benefits, Cut-leaved Blackberry is also considered an invasive species in many parts of the world. Its fast-growing, arching canes can quickly take over natural areas, reducing the diversity of native vegetation and wildlife. For this reason, it is important to carefully manage and control the spread of this plant.

Cut-leaved Blackberry can be propagated by seed or by vegetative means, such as root cuttings, stem cuttings, or division. When planting Cut-leaved Blackberry, it is important to choose a site with full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. The shrub will grow best in moist, fertile soil, but can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions.

It is also important to prune Cut-leaved Blackberry regularly to maintain its shape and to encourage new growth. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. This will help to control the plant's spread and prevent it from becoming too large and unmanageable. When pruning, it is important to remove any dead, diseased, or damaged canes, and to cut back any overgrown canes to ground level.

In addition to its ornamental and practical uses, Cut-leaved Blackberry is also a valuable food crop. The juicy, sweet berries are often used in pies, jams, jellies, and syrups. The berries can also be eaten fresh or dried for later use. They are high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and iron.

The Cut-leaved Blackberry is also known for its unique and attractive appearance. The deeply lobed leaves and jagged edges give the plant a distinctive look, while the white or pink flowers and glossy black berries add to its ornamental value. The shrub is often used as a hedge or screen, and can also be trained to grow on trellises, fences, or arbors to create a beautiful and functional garden feature.

In addition to its ornamental value, the Cut-leaved Blackberry has many ecological benefits. The plant provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, small mammals, and insects. The nectar and pollen from the flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, while the fruit provides food for wildlife. The thorny canes also provide protection for small animals and birds, and the leaves and stems can be used for nest building and shelter.

Despite its many benefits, the Cut-leaved Blackberry can also have negative impacts on natural areas. The plant can quickly spread and overtake native vegetation, reducing the diversity of species and habitats. For this reason, it is important to manage and control the spread of Cut-leaved Blackberry in areas where it is not native. This can be done through regular pruning and removal of invasive plants, as well as by planting native vegetation to help compete with and suppress the growth of the Cut-leaved Blackberry.

In conclusion, the Cut-leaved Blackberry is a valuable plant with many uses and benefits. Its attractive appearance, hardiness, and versatility make it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes. However, it is also important to recognize its invasive nature and to take steps to manage and control its spread in areas where it is not native. With proper care and management, the Cut-leaved Blackberry can be a valuable and enjoyable addition to any garden or landscape.