Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1266

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadsides, in thickets, woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Compound: floricanes 3 leaflets/ primocanes 5, palmate
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
Numerous stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Black
Aggregate of drupelets

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rubus pensilvanicus   FAMILY Rosaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rubus argutus   FAMILY Rosaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-05-009:
Rubus argutus   FAMILY Rosaceae

GREATER THAN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas
Rubus betulifolius

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Rubus pensilvanicus

 

COMMON NAME:
Pennsylvania Blackberry, Highbush Blackberry, Southern Blackberry


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image of Rubus pensilvanicus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ruar2_001_lvd

        

image of Rubus pensilvanicus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_ruar2_004_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120407_661

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Floricanes [that is, 2nd year flowering canes] have leaves with 3 leaflets, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Rubus pensilvanicus

JK Marlow    jkm120407_703

April    Spartanburg County    SC

The most common "highbush" blackberry in most of our area, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Rubus pensilvanicus

JK Marlow    jkm120424_658

April    Greenville County    SC

Flowers about 1" wide, the petals longer than the sepals, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Rubus pensilvanicus

JK Marlow    jkm160430_612

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Rubus pensilvanicus

JK Marlow    jkm160430_613

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Sepals 4-6mm long, densely pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rubus pensilvanicus

JK Marlow    s120524_b

May    Greenville County    SC

Leaflets of primocanes w acute to acuminate apices, softly pubescent beneath, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Rubus pensilvanicus

JK Marlow    jkm0406m_19

June    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Blackberry (aggregate fruit of drupelets) bright red maturing to blue-black, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.