General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 36 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Black Raspberry

Photo Gallery
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-19
Photo by Lioba
Photo by Lioba
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-21
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-07-09
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2021-07-05
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) is very high yield berries.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2021-07-05
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis).
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-21
Location: Tennessee
Photo by Lioba
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
Fall Coloration
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-21
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-07-09

Date: 2017-06-18
Before ripe. They cluster differently than raspberries.

Date: 2017-06-18
A bloom I caught in time with unripe berries. Flower is similar t
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2020-09-16
Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) seedlings.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Aug 27, 2013 2:48 AM concerning plant:
    This is the state fruit of Alabama.

  • Posted by Lioba (West Fulton, NY - Zone 5a) on Jun 17, 2017 9:40 AM concerning plant:
    The thimbleberry and the black raspberry are 2 different plants, although the berries both "cap". Thimbleberries are ‘Purple Flowering Raspberry’ Rubus Parviflorus. They are edible but aren't that great. Black raspberries are Rubus occidentalis. These 2 should be separated as well as their photos.
Plant Events from our members
Lioba On April 21, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
I didn't plant this here by the dog pen by the creek. These black raspberries are known to plant themselves and show up anywhere. Invasive? Probably. If you have kids and furry ones be aware. These plants came up so beautifully. I didn't have a dog at the time so I let it do it's thing. I usually cultivate black raspberries by an old creamery foundation on the property. I had to remove this plant shown here because I did get a dog. Of course, it is never really gone.
SuperHappyCamper On September 5, 2023 Obtained plant
Obtained seed from janelp_lee.
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