Rubus ulmifolius

    Alt Name
    Elm-leaf Blackberry

    This species,  sometimes known as Elm-leaf Blackberry, has a silvery indumentum on the underside of the leaflets, small, dry fruits and round pink flowers which appear later than many other members of this group. The arching thorny stems can form quite dense bushes.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Hedgerows and occasionally woodland.

    When to see it

    Flowering around August.

    Life History

    Deciduous shrub.

    UK Status

    Widespread southwards from the Midlands but less common in the north of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland – it is the most frequent bramble in VC55. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 463 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map