Rubus laciniatus Willd.Cut-leaved Bramble

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Rubus laciniatus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online ( Accessed 2024-07-24.



  • R. fruticosus var. laciniatus Weston


(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
Odd-pinnate; (of a compound leaf) with a central rachis and an uneven number of leaflets due to the presence of a terminal leaflet. (Cf. paripinnate.)
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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Rubus laciniatus' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online ( Accessed 2024-07-24.

A deciduous shrub of rambling or scandent habit, the angled stems well armed with stout, recurved spines, and hairy. Leaves composed of five (sometimes three) leaflets, radially arranged; the common stalk 2 to 3 in. long, beset with hooedk spines. Leaflets stalked, and either pinnate, or deeply and pinnately lobed; final subdivisions of leaf coarsely and angularly toothed, spiny on the stalk and midrib, downy especially beneath. The leaves vary much in size, and on vigorous shoots will, including the stalk, reach 8 to 12 in. in length. Flowers in large terminal panicles; flower-stalk hairy and spiny; petals pinkish white; calyx with narrow, downy, reflexed segments spiny at the back, 12 to 34 in. long, ending in a tail-like point. Fruits black, and both in size and flavour one of the finest of blackberries.

The origin of this handsome and useful bramble is not known. It was apparently grown in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, in the 17th century for it was illustrated by Plukenet (Phytografia, t. 108, fig. 4) in 1691 from a specimen given him by William Sherard, who had himself collected it in the Jardin des Plantes. It was known to Philip Miller, who mentioned it in his Dictionary from the 6th edition (1752) onwards, but did not name it. It was named R. fruticosus var. laciniatus by Weston in 1770, while in 1806 Willdenow illustrated and described it as R. laciniatus from a plant growing in the Berlin Botanic Garden. He did not mention Weston, so presumably did not adopt the epithet from him.

R. laciniatus comes more or less true from seed and wild plants, sprung no doubt from seed dropped by birds, may nearly always be found in the vicinity of cultivated plants. A selection is now extensively cultivated for its fruits in gardens, being perhaps the best of all blackberries for that purpose. The foliage is very handsomely divided, and the plant is sometimes grown on pergolas and trellises for its sake as well as for the fruit. It is useful also for growing on the boundary fences, fruiting freely there.


In this bramble, perhaps not really a form of R. laciniatus, the leaves are much smaller, and more hairy on the upper surface. It does not flower freely and fruits are rarely if ever borne (R. laciniatus var. elegans Bean; R. laciniatus minor Hort.; R. quintlandii Hort.). It was once grown by lovers of curiosities.The commercial fruiting variety ‘Oregon Thornless’, raised in the USA, is thought to derive from the parsley-leaved blackberry. Having elegant foliage as well as excellent fruits, and not being excessively vigorous, it could be admitted into the ornamental part of a garden, trained up a pillar or trellis.