Arching woody shrub or "cane" with effective thorns.
Leaves with three leaflets, with coarse teeth and strongly marked veins. Flowers
five-parted, white. Fruit a juicy, edible, elongated, deep
Common 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. Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)
has smaller flowers and a bowl-shaped fruit. Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius)
has many stiff hairs instead of thorns, and a pale red berry. Northern dewberry (Rubus flagellaris) is a low, creeping plant.