[nafex] Dewberries

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Fri Aug 17 10:04:12 EDT 2001


Dewberries are members of the genus Rubus, so they're closely related to 
both blackberries and raspberries.  They are, however, quite different in 
their growth habit - they are a 'running' vine - at least in my experience, 
they have no ability, whatsoever, to support themselves to any degree, most 
just run along the ground, occasionally climbing up any neighboring 
supportive vegetation.  While they are thorny, they're typically not so 
formidable as those on BBs or RBs - almost 'fuzzy' little thorns.

The berries are usually mature earlier than BBs around here, and are 
typically sweeter and  juicier than their wild BB counterparts.  There are 
a few named selections - "Austin", and, I think, "Young"(though it may be 
that the Youngberry is a dewberry/blackberry hybrid - I had some planted at 
one point in time - they just looked like a dewberry to me; don't recall 
what happened to them, but they're not there anymore.).
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY


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