California Blackberry (Rubus macropetalus)

Shrub
R. ursinus macropetalus. (Douglas. ex Hook.)Taylor.&MacBryde.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
California Blackberry
Rubus macropetalus
Rosaceae

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of stomach complaints[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[71, 105, 257]. It can also be dried for later use[118].

    The fresh or dried leaves can be used to make a tea[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3¡c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. Sometimes cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named forms[71]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Western N. America – British Columbia to California.

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