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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Rubus canadensis

Smooth Blackberry, Thornless Blackberry

Scientific Name:

Rubus canadensis

Genus:

Rubus

Species Epithet:

canadensis

Common Name:

Smooth Blackberry, Thornless Blackberry

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Forests, woodlands, grassy balds, especially common at high elevations. Common in NC mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable, S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Colonial. Canes have few, weak prickles and leaves have few or no hairs on the undersides.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/rubus-canadensis/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/rubus/canadensis/



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