Dewberry - Rubus caesius


Weak, sprawling sub-shrub stems round, slightly prickly, unridged with a whitish bloom. Leaves trifoliate. Flowers white, occasionally pink, 20 to 25 mm in small clusters. Fruit black, with a waxy bloom.

Identification difficulty

Damp habitats, scrubby areas and grassland, often on limestone.

When to see it

Flowers May to September.

Life History

Perennial shrub.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales although less common further west, and infrequent in the north of Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 102 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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