Highbush Blackberry (Rubus argutus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Highbush Blackberry
Rubus argutus

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

  • Medicinal Use

    The roots are antihaemorrhoidal, antirheumatic, astringent, stimulant and tonic[257]. An infusion can be used in the treatment of venereal disease and as a wash in the treatment of piles[257].

    An infusion of the roots or leaves can be used in the treatment of diarrhoea and rheumatism[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[105, 142, 171, 257]. Variable in size and quality but generally with rather large and juicy drupelets[183]. The pulpy fruit is up to 25mm long[235].

  • 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].
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. This species is cultivated for its edible fruit in N. America[[142, 171]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Eastern N. America – Massachusetts to Virginia.

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