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Arizona Dewberry

Rubus arizonensis

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Vine
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs High
Sun Partial shade, shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
1-2' × 3-12'+
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season March-May
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 10 °F
Leaf Description In grouping of 3 with serrated margins
Fruit Similar to a blackberry with numerous individual drupes (single seeded fruit) attached to a torus (central receptacle)
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Elevation Range 3500-5000 ft.
Description This trailing to vining plant thrives in shaded, wet canyons In central and southern Arizona. This is for all intents and purposes a native blackberry, with gorgeous white flowers and tasty small berries. If growing in places like Phoenix or Tucson be sure to provide shade, and ample water to best support growth of this plant. Be aware that the stems are heavily armed with small spines that easily latch on to clothing and skin, so consider planting this species in a moist, shady basin away from a walkway. The spreading habit of this plant means that it can be competitive with other species so give it some room to grow.