Terms of flowering honey plants in the USA and Canada

According to observations of naturalists and beekeepers.

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Common name:

Cutleaf blackberry

Scientific name:

Rubus laciniatus.

Life form:

Shrub.

Flowering time:

16 - 23 days.

Flowering period

in Colorado for this plant is: MayJuly.

NECTAR PRODUCTION:
30 kilograms per ha

SOURCE FOR HONEY BEES:
Major in some areas


General distribution:

The cutleaf blackberry is a native of Eurasia which has become widely naturalized in North America. It now occurs through much of the Northwest, from British Columbia to northern California west of the Cascades and eastward to Idaho. Cutleaf blackberry also grows throughout much of New England, extending westward to Michigan and southward to the Middle Atlantic States. It is locally established in parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. It is cultivated in Hawaii.

Map of distribution and habitat in USA

This plant is present in at least 30 states/provinces in this country.

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Botanical description:

Cutleaf blackberry is a semi-erect to erect and arching, much-branched shrub which grows up to 10 feet (3 m) in height. These shrubs often grow in a dense cluster. Stems often trail at the ends and are covered with numerous stout, curved thorns.

The stems of blackberries are generally biennial. Sterile first-year stems, known as primocanes, develop from buds at or below the ground surface and produce only leaves. Lateral branches, or floricanes, develop in the axils of the primocanes during the second year and bear both leaves and flowers.

Cutleaf leaves have five leaflets and are palmately or, less commonly, pinnately compound. Leaves are green on both surfaces, but hairy beneath. Leaflets are lacinate to dissected.

Perfect white-to-pink or rose flowers are borne in compound paniculate cymes. Fruit of the cutleaf blackberry is large, round, and shiny black in color. Fruit grows up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in length and is made up of a few large, sweet, succulent drupelets.

Seasonal development:

Cutleaf blackberry is primarily regarded as an early seral species. It has been reported on initially disturbed and early immature stands in coniferous forests of southwestern British Columbia. Cutleaf blackberry is also abundant in old-field communities and on disturbed sites in the Northeast.

Seasonal development of the cutleaf blackberry varies according to geographic location and climatic factors.


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Salix boothii (aka: Booth's willow)

Salix lutea (aka: Yellow willow)

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Salix monticola (aka: Park willow, Cherry willow, Mountain willow, Serviceberry willow, White willow)

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Salix bebbiana (aka: Bebb willow, Beak willow, Beaked willow, Long-beaked willow, Diamond willow, Chaton, Petit Minou, Smooth Bebb willow)

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Allium schoenoprasum (aka: Chives)

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Salix glauca (aka: Grayleaf willow, Gray willow, Gray-leaved willow)

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