Dewberry Shrub (deer, rabbit, squirrels, coon, turkeys)
USDA Climate Zone: 5-8
Tree Height: 12 inches
Tree Width: 1-3 feet
Growth/Year: Slow growing
Soil Type: Well-drained
Dew Berry belongs to the Rose family (Rosaceae)
A dewberry is a trailing plant with sharp brambles and small berries. The flavor of the berries are similar to raspberries, but dewberries tend to be purple or black in color. This plant is part of the genus Rubus, and is a close cousin of the blackberry.
The plants are common all over the Northern Hemisphere and generally start to bloom with small white flowers in March and April. Dewberry plants are sometimes considered an encroaching weed, but in reality the leaves can be used in tea. The berries are sweet and taste good in cobblers and jams, too.
In contrast, the European dewberry grows upright and is usually found in coastal areas. The berries are nearly black and coated with a waxy substance that resembles droplets. This coating makes the berries appear to be a sky-blue color. The flavor of this variety of dewberries tends to be tart.
Scientific Name: Rubus trivialis, Dew Berry
The dew berry is a close relative of the blackberry
Dew berry plants differ in the their growth habit from their cousins, the small plants grow along the ground via trailers rather than growing upright brambles. The trailing stems of the dew berry plant are covered with fine, sharp thorns and will form new root systems in each location where ground contact is made, forming a new berry-producing plant.
The plants produces small white blooms in early spring, followed by tiny green berries that will grow and ripen over the ensuing weeks.