Page authors: Ben Legler, David Giblin
Rubus pubescens
dwarf red blackberry, dwarf red blackberry raspberry, red raspberry

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in northern Washington; Alaska to Washington, east to the Rocky Mountains, northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and northeastern North America.

Habitat: Stream banks and moist woods to clearings where moderately dry, middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Apomixis, bumblebees, bees, beetles


Unarmed, soft-hairy perennial from rhizomes, the herbaceous, leafy flowering stems up to 1 m. long, reclining, often rooting at the nodes.


Leaves with oblanceolate, entire stipules 1 cm. long, the blades trifoliate; leaflets short-petiolate, ovate, 2-6 cm. long, doubly serrate.


Flowers 1-2 on short, erect, leafy shoots, the inflorescence with stalked glands; calyx soft-hairy, the 5 lobes lanceolate, 3-5 mm. long, entire, reflexed; petals 5, white or greenish-white, erect, oblong-lanceolate, 5-8 mm. long; stamens numerous, the filaments broad and flat, narrowed abruptly near the tip; pistols 20-30, glabrous.


Drupelets deep red, weakly coherent, attached to the receptacle; fruit up to 1 cm. broad.

Accepted Name:
Rubus pubescens Raf.
Publication: Med. Rep., ser. 3, 2: 333. 1811.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cylactis pubescens (Raf.) W.A. Weber
Rubus pubescens Raf. var. pubescens
Rubus saxatilis L. var. canadensis Michx.
Rubus triflorus Richardson
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Rubus pubescens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Rubus pubescens checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Rubus pubescens information.

E-Flora BC: Rubus pubescens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Rubus pubescens photos.

USDA Plants: Rubus pubescens information.

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