Rubus laciniatus

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Rubus laciniatus
Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rubus
Species: R. laciniatus
Binomial name
Rubus laciniatus
Willd.

Rubus laciniatus, the Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry or Evergreen Blackberry, is a species of Rubus native to Europe. It is an introduced species in North America. It has become a weed and invasive species in forested habitats in the western and eastern United States.

Description[edit]

Rubus laciniatus is a deciduous, bramble-forming shrub growing to 3 meters tall, with prickly shoots. The leaves are palmately compound, with five leaflets, each divided into deeply toothed subleaflets with jagged, thorny tips. The flowers have pink or white petals. Fruits are similar to the common blackberry, with a unique, fruitier flavour.

The fruits of this plant are eagerly consumed by a number of animal species, including many birds and mammals.[1] The thickets provide valuable cover for animals.[1]

Cultivation[edit]

Several commercially-important berry cultivars have been bred from this wild Rubus laciniatus species, which has been grown for its fruits since 1770.[1]

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