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Edible uses


Fruit - raw or cooked and used in pies, preserves etc[1][2]. The fruit can also be dried for later use[2]. A sweet flavour[3][4][5][6]. The fruit can vary in flavour, the best forms have a large, sweet and well flavoured fruit[2], whilst some forms are large but sour or insipid[7].

Young shoots - raw or cooked like asparagus[2]. They are harvested in the spring as they emerge through the soil and are still tender. A tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves[1][2][8]. The young shoots can be made into a tea, usually mixed with the young shoots of other Rubus species[8].

The half-ripe fruits can be soaked in water to make a pleasant drink[2].

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Material uses

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[9].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The dried bark of the root is astringent and has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[10].

A decoction of the roots has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[8]. The roots have been used as a disinfectant wash on infected sores[8]. The fresh fruit has been eaten in the treatment of diarrhoea[8]. A decoction of the entire vine has been used in the treatment of stomach complaints, diarrhoea and a general feeling of sickness[8].

A decoction of the vines and roots has been used in the treatment of vomiting and the spitting of blood[8].

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Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - requires stratification, is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Sow stored seed as early as possible in the year in a cold frame and stratify for a month at 3°c if sowing later than February. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year.

Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn.

Division in early spring.

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Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[11][3][12].

This species is the parent of many hybrid cultivated forms[13], including the loganberry and the primus berry[2]. Some botanists include the cultivated loganberry (treated here as a separate species, R. loganobaccus) under this species[12]. This species is a blackberry with biennial stems, it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock, these stems fruit in their second year and then die[12].

Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[12].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Rubus ursinus
Imported References
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Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
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full sun
light shade
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Environmental Tolerances
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    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
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    1. ? Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    2. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    3. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Elias. T. and Dykeman. P. A Field Guide to N. American Edible Wild Plants. Van Nostrand Reinhold ISBN 0442222009 (1982-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Turner. N. J. and Szczawinski. A. Edible Wild Fruits and Nuts of Canada. National Museum of Natural Sciences (1978-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
    8. ? Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.1 Grae. I. Nature's Colors - Dyes from Plants. MacMillan Publishing Co. New York. ISBN 0-02-544950-8 (1974-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 Weiner. M. A. Earth Medicine, Earth Food. Ballantine Books ISBN 0-449-90589-6 (1980-00-00)
    11. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    12. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    13. ? 13.013.1 Munz. A California Flora. University of California Press (1959-00-00)