Black Caps

July 20, 2011 · 2 comments

Black caps or black raspberries (Rubus leucodermis) are a rare and delightful treat around here. Okay, so they’re not rare botanically, but I don’t come across them very often, and I’m a big fan.

They’re a native cane berry that thrives in disturbed soils, and we are lucky enough that the birds planted (pooped out seeds of) one about ten feet away from the front door of the cabin.

The dark berries ripen over a period of a couple weeks, so with just one plant, we’ll never have enough at one time to “do” anything with them other than eat them fresh off the cane. We just got our first tastes in the last few days. They’re smaller than a raspberry but sweet and tangy. They are rather seedy, so the birds love them, too.

The plants take the shape of a lanky Himalayan blackberry with greyish/bluish/greenish bloomy canes.

This plant drapes over the driveway right next to where I park my car, so every time the family loads up to go to town, we get to enjoy a morsel of berry goodness.


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Bill Schultz July 18, 2013 at 6:43 am

Have you tried transplanting black caps? We have some on our place just a bit south of Salem and would like to transplant some to our farm on the Mary’s River. I’m hoping they will do as well as blackberries. My family love the flavor and we put a handful in milkshakes. Yummy. :)


Camille July 25, 2013 at 6:26 am

You probably want to wait until fall to transplant, but they should do okay.


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