Dewberry Plant 1 Yr
Dewberry is a popular Fruiting Shrub that grows throughout North America and Northern Europe. This plant is part of the rose family, which has over 250 subspecies. Dewberry is closely related to blackberry and raspberry, which are also part of the rose family.
Like its cousins, the dewberry shrub produces a delicious fruit that can be eaten raw, baked into pies, or turned into jam. Dewberry shrubs flower between June and September. Their berries emerge in late March or May. When ripe, the berries are dark purple to black.
Although they are sometimes mistaken for blackberries, dewberries are sweeter and have fewer seeds than blackberries. Dewberries are a popular food among humans and many animal species, including birds, raccoons, mice, and opossums.
Like other members of the rose family, dewberry shrubs are pretty hardy. They thrive in hardwood forests, fields, and meadows. A unique feature of dewberry shrubs is their stems, which can sprout roots if they arch over and touch the ground. Most dewberry species are dioecious, meaning that the plants are either male or female.
Dewberry shrubs reach a height between 1.5 – 7 Ft. when fully grown
The leaves are lobed or compound in shape and have five petals. The shrub's flowers are usually large and white. The petals are long and round and sometimes pointed at the end. The dewberry's stems are biennial, and they are either arch-shaped or branched. They're often blue and can have a gray-toned waxy bloom. Although all varieties of dewberry produce berries, some species produce sweeter berries than others. Because of their hardy nature and delicious berries, dewberry shrubs are often grown commercially.
Their durability and delicious berries also make dewberries popular for cross-breeding. The most common combinations are dewberries with Raspberries or Blackberry Shrub. Hybrid dewberry-raspberry shrubs produce berries that are less sweet than raspberries but slightly sweeter than dewberries. The berries produced by dewberry-blackberry hybrid plants look and taste similar to dewberry shrubs but are lighter in color.