Bristly dewberry

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.

Scientific name: Rubus hispidus L.

Common name(s): bristly dewberry, swamp dewberry, running swamp dewberry

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile , NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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-arching stems

  • can root at the tips

-leaves are

  • compound
  • three leaflets
  • narrow at the base
  • bristles

-generally flowers in July in ME




-disturbed sites

-forest edges


-meadows and fields

Wildlife Benefits :

-fruits are eaten by many birds



Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.

Go Botany. “Rubus Hispidus L.” Rubus Hispidus (Bristly Blackberry, Swamp Dewberry): Go Botany, 2021,