Rubus laciniatus Willd.
cutleaf evergreen blackberry (cutleaf blackberry; evergreen blackberry)
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jim Riley     (Photo ID #15482)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Rubus laciniatus
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Species Information

Medium to tall, coarse shrub, 2-10 m or more long, thicket-forming; stems 3-10 mm in diameter, ascending or arching, then sprawling and trailing along the ground, some rooting at the ends, five-angled, with stout, flattened, hooked prickles along the angles, fine-hairy when young becoming smooth.
Alternate, evergreen, palmately compound; leaflets 5, more or less egg-shaped in outline, deeply and jaggedly lobed to divided into secondary leaflets themselves jaggedly lobed or coarsely toothed, abruptly sharp-pointed at the tip, green and smooth or slightly hairy above, hairy and greyish-green beneath, the leaf-stalks and midveins beneath hooked-prickly; stipules linear.
Inflorescence of few to many, stalked flowers in open, somewhat flat-topped, terminal or sometimes axillary clusters, the stalks curved-prickly and soft-hairy; corollas pinkish to white, the petals 5, spreading, wedge-egg-shaped and 3-lobed at the tip, 9-15 mm long; calyces downy and prickly on the back, 5-lobed, the lobes lanceolate with long tail-like tips, bent back, 8-15 mm long; ovaries superior; stamens 75 or more.
Drupelets, smooth, coherent in a black, globe- to egg-shaped cluster that falls with the fleshy receptacle (a blackberry), the berries 1-1.5 cm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Early Summer
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Black
Present from Summer to Fall
Source:  The USDA


Ecological Framework for Rubus laciniatus

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
651 30 1472
Slope Gradient (%)
4 0 25

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

0 20 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

CDF(2), CWH(1), ESSF(1), ICH(3), MS(1), SBS(1)

Habitat and Range

Moist to wet waste places, ditches and roadsides in the lowland zone; common in SW BC; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia