Gardening Questions And Answers
The berries, actually drupes, are important summer food for many birds including red-headed woodpeckers, bluebirds, northern cardinals, and wild turkeys. The raccoon, fox squirrel, chipmunk and white-footed mouse eat the fruits. The cottontail rabbit and white-tailed deer browse on the leaves and stems.
Pruning is a simple matter, consisting of shortening back young plants to 4 or 5 feet the first season to keep them from sprawling too much, cutting out old canes at any time after fruiting, and heading-in long shoots and laterals in early summer. From four to six fruiting canes are allowed to the plant.
Brambles and dewberries have upright and arching to trailing stems (3-4 m) arising from root buds (Uva et al., 1997). Brambles spread by seed, root sprouts, rhizomes, and stems that arch to the ground and generate roots at the tips. Dewberries spread rapidly on cranberry bogs by rooting at the tips of their canes.
Essentially a blackberry on the ground, Dewberries are a delicious addition to any foraging. Besides me and thee, the Dewberry is very popular with bees. The flowers attract honeybees, bumblebees, mason bees, leaf-cutting bees, cuckoo bees and miner bees. The flowers also attract butterflies and skippers.
Dewberry plants can be obtained as seedlings or cuttings from the local nursery or from a wild patch of dewberries. Prepare the soil in the designated area, which should get several hours of direct sun each day. If you are planting more than one dewberry plant, space the plants at least 4 feet (1 m.) […]
English: habitational name from Dewberry Hill in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire, which is of uncertain origin. Probably an Americanized spelling of French Dubarry, a topographic name from Anglo-Norman French barri ‘rampart’; later it denoted a suburb outside the walls of a medieval city (see Barry).
Dewberry plants are low-growing perennials and are often heavily armed with prickles. The leaves are palmately compound, usually with three to five toothed leaflets, and are arranged alternately along the stem. Arching stems that touch the ground often sprout roots at the tip, allowing the plant to spread vegetatively.