shopping Blackberry - one variety
Blackberry leaf, c/s, wild crafted image
[ 293 ]Rubus fruticosus

Blackberry Leaf Cut & Sifted, Wild Crafted

1/4 Pound:  $4.19 Pound:  $9.31 
We offer discounted pricing on orders over 100 pounds. Contact Us

Wholesale Blackberry

Rubus fruticosus
plant overview
brambling blackberry

Blackberry is a shrubby, spreading plant in the rose family that grows wild in woodland settings and other undisturbed sites. Although blackberry fruit is not a true berry but a bramble fruit that emerges in drupelets, they lend a tart flavor to pies, pastries and other baked goods. Blackberry leaf herb is mildly sweet and is used to make teas, often in combination with other herbs. There are many blackberry leaf uses because of the leave’s pleasant aroma and taste. Blackberry leaf herb is incredibly fragrant making it great for potpourri mixes, bath products, soap products, or anything that needs an extra sweet and fruity aroma.

Clicking "learn more" next to each variety will take you to individual product pages for details.

A Bit of Botany

a bit of botanical information about blackberry

Blackberry is part of the Rosaceae family, the stems or canes are erect or semi-erect, arched or trailing and bear numerous curved or straight thorns. Canes are biennial but occasionally live longer. Young canes emerge from buds on the crown each spring and grow very rapidly. These first-year canes (known as primocanes) grow in an arching manner and in autumn as their tips touch the ground, they sprout roots and produce a new bud that will grow into a new primocane in spring. The new plants at the tips of canes are called daughter plants. These plants are aggressive and can be invasive, sometimes difficult to control or eradicate.

Buds at the ends of the canes that have overwintered (second-year canes) sprout in spring and produce short flowering canes (floricanes) that bear the flower clusters. Only two year-old canes are able to flower and fruit. After fruiting, the second-year cane system dies back to the crown over autumn and winter, leaving an independent daughter plant that is one year old and the mother plant that will re-sprout in spring.

Simple leaves may occur near the flowers. Leaves are arranged singly at different levels on the canes. Simple leaves may occur near the flowers. They are compound leaves consisting of 3 or 5 shortly-stalked oval leaflets with toothed edges and a longer stalk attaching the leaf to the cane. Leaflets are usually dark green on the upper side and lighter green underneath. Some blackberries have the underside of the leaflets covered with whitish hairs. Short prickles occur on the leaf stalks and the underside of the leaf veins.

Flowers are white or pink, and grow in clusters on side branches of the floricanes. Flower clusters are either cylindrical or pyramidal and occur from late November to late February.

The usually black fruit is not a true berry. Botanically it is termed an aggregate fruit, composed of small drupelets, each containing one seed. The number of seeds in a berry varies, but there can be as many as 80. Fruiting occurs from late December to April. Seeds are light to dark brown, oval and deeply and irregularly pitted.

common names
& nomenclature

Rubus is from the Latin "ruber" meaning red, referring to the fruit color at certain stages of development. Fruticosus is Latin for "bushy" referring to the bramble-like nature of the plant.

Also known as:
bramble, cut-leaved blackberry, cloudberry, dewberry, goutberry, high blackberry, thimbleberry, bumble-kite, bramble-kite, bly, brummel, brambleberry, scaldhead, and brambleberry

Blackberry, the bramble fruit berry

Where in the World

habitat and range for blackberry

Blackberries are native to Europe.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing blackberry

Blackberries typically grow best in a sunny woodland garden with dappled shade, can be a shady edge but not deep shade, or in a hedgerow.

Blackberries grow well in loamy, well-drained soil amended with organic matter or compost, but can adapt to poor soil conditions.

Blackberry reproduces by seed, division, and by developing roots and daughter plants at the stem tips.

From seed: Sow seed in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification and is best sown as early as possible in the year.

Transplant the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year.

Tip layering can be done in July, plant out in autumn. Take divisions in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn.

From cuttings: Blackberries also grow easily from 1/2 inch root cuttings taken in autumn and stored through the winter in cool sand. Plant cuttings vertically 1 to 3 feet apart in 3 to 4 inches of soil.

Blackberry plants spread very quickly once established and can often become an invasive plant, you can combat this by planting blackberry plants in containers or by surrounding the underground root system with metal sheeting in a radius of a few feet to keep the plant from spreading.

Harvest blackberry leaf and roots any time. For ease of harvesting the berries, train the branches along supports and prune them.

Dried leaves can be cut and stored in airtight containers in a cool, dry place. Berries can be frozen for future use.

The Rest of the Story

recipes and benefits

Formulas & recipes

Blackberry leaf herb is used in a number of recipes for added flavor and added health benefits. Many people use the herb for gut health including the treatment of diarrhea.

How to make blackberry leaf tea

  • Add heaping teaspoon of blackberry leaf herb to a tea bag
  • Pour boiled water over the tea bag or strainer
  • Let steep for 5-7 minutes
  • Enjoy with added sweetener like honey or sugar

Health benefits

Blackberry leaf benefits

Not only does the fruit of a blackberry contain many health benefits, but the blackberry leaf herb is also extremely beneficial for the body. Like the berry, the dried leaves of the blackberry contain many vitamins and antioxidants. Blackberry leaves are high in vitamin C which is great for the immune system and many other functions of the body. An easy way to keep and use the blackberry leaf herb is by making a blackberry leaf tincture. Tinctures made with vinegar can last up to 3 years in storage and are a great way to get the most use out of dried herbs.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised:  Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

All reviews solely reflect the views and opinions expressed by the reviewer and not that of Monterey Bay Herb Co. We do not verify or endorse any claims made by any reviewer. None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.