Black raspberry is a multi-stemmed, colony-forming shrub with white flowers, edible black fruits, and colorful reddish stems in winter.
This species is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Rose
- Family (botanic) Rosaceae
- Tree or plant type Shrub
- Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Small shrub (3-5 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily), Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7, Zone 8
- Soil preference Acid soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Occasional drought, Occasional flooding
- Season of interest early winter, midwinter, late winter, late spring, early summer, late summer, early fall, mid fall
- Flower color and fragrance White
- Shape or form Arching, Multi-stemmed, Thicket-forming, Upright
- Growth rate Fast