Wildflowers of New York

Blackberry

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

Blackberry
- Rubus spp

Rose Family

With 200 or so species in the area it's a prickly intellectual endeavor to identify a particular specimen that's best left to a specialist. Getting a name isn't worth the effort but getting photos and picking berries is well worth braving the numerous prickles and getting a few scratches. Well maybe more than a few, the very substantial and sharp prickles (not thorns) can easily penetrate denim jeans

First year canes (primocane) grow to their full length but do not produce flowers. In the second year the cane (now called a floricane) does not grow any longer but instead grows from lateral buds that produce flowers.

Flowers - June 9
Berries - July 26
Well, not a really a berry. Botanically it's an aggregate fruit made up of small drupelets

Found: Fields, thickets, waste places - tolerates poor soil
Height: in the wild most seem to be about 3 feet but I've seen some up to 9 feet that are most likely a commercial cultivar
June bloom time

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