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Black Raspberry
Rubus occidentalis

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) Other common names: Thimbleberry

French names: Ronce occidentale

Family: Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Group: Raspberries/Blackberries

Distinctive features: Shrub

Similar species:
  •   Wild Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) - Berries are red; stems covered with fine prickles.

Flowers: Summer;  White

Leaves: Alternate, Compound, Toothed

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Edible: Fruits are delicious.

Books: Shrubs of Ontario: 243    Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 232   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: occidentalis: western

Photographs: 74 photographs available, of which 4 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

Black Raspberry flowers.

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

The delicious edible black fruits that give Black Raspberry its name.

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

Notive that the unripe fruits are red!

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

The stems of Black Raspberry are relatievly thorn-free, and are very glaucous, as shown here.

The stems arch over and often root at the tip.

Range map for Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)