Arching woody shrub or "cane" with small, weak thorns.
Leaves with three coarsely toothed leaflets, paler beneath. Flowers
five-parted, white. Fruit a juicy, edible, berry, turning black through red as it ripens. Ripe berries separate easily from the stalk; the picked berry has a distinctive convex, bowl shape and leaves behind a concave pillow.
Occasional in open areas along Wildwood Drive
and under the power line.
Symmetrical 5-parted white flowers and thorns are common in
the Rose Family. Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) has
more than 3 leaflets. Common blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)
has larger flowers and the fruit is elongated and does not separate readily. Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius)
has many stiff hairs instead of thorns, and a pale red berry. Northern dewberry (Rubus flagellaris) is a low, creeping plant.