It is a shrub growing to 1–2 m (rarely 3 m) tall. The leaves are 5–12 cm long and 5–8 cm broad, palmately lobed with three or five lobes, and a serrated margin. The flowers are 1–1.5 cm diameter, with five white petals. The fruit is an aggregate fruit 1 cm diameter, made up of numerous drupelets. The species grows on forest margins and mountain slopes, in areas with moist and well-drained soil.
Its fruit is used for food and is sometimes cultivated; the cultivar 'Jingu Jengal' has been selected for its large fruit. Root extracts have been found to contain substances with anti-inflammatory effects in mice.
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- Cao Y, Wang Y, Jin H, Wang A, Liu M, Li X (1996). "Anti-inflammatory effects of alcoholic extract of roots of Rubus crataegifolius Bge. (PubMed abstract)". Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi 21 (11): 687–678.
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