Dewberry (Rubus caesius)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Rubus caesius

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

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[1, 2, 3, 12, 183]. Succulent but not very tasty[74]. A delicious flavour, it is considered to be superior to blackcurrants though the fruit is rather small and consists of just a few drupes[2]. The fruit can be used for making jellies, preserves etc[183].

    The fresh or dried leaves are used as a tea substitute[46, 61, 183].

  • 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]. Succeeds on chalky soils[200]. This species is a blackberry with biennial stems, it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock, these stems fruit in their second year and then die[200]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, Siberia and W. Asia.

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