FIELD GUIDE TO SHRUBS

Highbush Blackberry
Rubus allegheniensis

Family: Grossulariaceae

Preferred Habitat: old fields, open woods, and clearings

Range: western Maine and northeastern New York to Maryland

Height: up to 3 meters (10 feet)

Leaves: compound, having 3-7, mostly 5, leaflets, woolly or velvety beneath, up to 20 cm long

Flowers: showy white flowers 2 cm in diameter

Fruit: juicy, black multiple or black fruit occurring from July to September

Location spotted: Beaver Creek Park; Belmont, Massachusetts

Extra information: frequently used in jellies and jams