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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

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Rubus pubescens
Dwarf Raspberry
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Description

General - a low, trailing perennial shrub; stems, trailing, woody; leafy branches, erect; stems, softly hairy, thornless.

Dwarf Raspberry Leaves - alternate; compound, tri-foliolate; individual leaflets diamond-shaped with tapered points; margins sharply toothed; surfaces hairless.

Flowers - 1-3 white (sometimes pinkish) flowers in a loose cluster on slender stalks, from the branch ends; individual flowers have 5 petals; appearing late May to early June.

Fruit - dark-red, roundish raspberry; ripening from July to September

Habitat

Common throughout NW Ontario's boreal region, across a wide range of soil/site conditions except for the poorest of forest habitats.

Notes

The Dwarf Raspberry may be confused with the Woodland Srawberry and Common Strawberry, but the strawberries lack a trailing, woody stem. The berries are edible but are smaller and less succulent than those of the Wild Red Raspberry.

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