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Rubus hispidus

creeping dewberry, bristly dewberry

Swamp dewberry is a charming sight in swales, ditches, and open woods throughout the Northeast. With a running, ground-covering habit as opposed to an upright one, this little plant hugs the ground, producing delicate five-petaled flowers that later yield an astringent fruit. This doesn't deter birds and small mammals who eat them anyway.

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Height: 1-3 in
Spread: 1-3 ft
Hardiness Zone: 3-8


Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture
Wet
Average
Dry
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Summer Fruit
Spring Bloom
Winter Interest and/or Evergreen
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Attracts Bees
Host Plant
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Urban Environment
Compaction Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Edible
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution


creeping dewberry - Rubus hispidus from Native Plant Trust
creeping dewberry - Rubus hispidus from Native Plant Trust
creeping dewberry - Rubus hispidus from Native Plant Trust