Dewberry

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on August 16, 2010

This is the flower of the dewberry.  Dewberries are wild vines that produce fruit almost identical to blackberries.  The difference is dewberries creep along the ground while blackberries are upright stalks.  They form hedges, while dewberries form carpets of impenetrable thorns and canes.  Both produce tasty fruit, but can overrun a pasture if not kept in check.

Dewberry flower

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nik from heirloom vegetable seeds April 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for clarifying the difference between dewberries and blackberries. I knew there was a difference, but didn’t exactly know what it was. My daughter asked me last night so I thought I’d take some time to research it so I can give her the answers. Thanks.

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Susie from Rug Appraisal Los Angeles May 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I was going to say..I haven’t heard of dewberries before. And I wonder it’s because they’re trampled over while walking. They’re beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing and I’ll keep my eye out next time.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Many people just call them wild blackberries.

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Rug Appraisal Los Angeles June 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I never even knew dewberries existed 🙁 Thank you for the photo and the clarification! Beautiful flower!

-Amanda

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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 18, 2011 at 6:42 am

We battle them out here. They can take over a pasture and then very little can grow there but the dewberries.

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