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What Are Dewberries and What Are Their Benefits

A big bowl of ripe Dewberry fruit from TN Nursery

They are closely associated with blackberries. Rather than high-arching or erect, they are small trailing or woody vine brambles bearing small bunches of fruits resembling raspberries. The dewberry fruit is edible and can be made into preserves, consumed fresh, or cooked into pies. They are commonly dark purple rather than red. Dewberries can be found all over Northern Europe and North America. The plant flowers between April and June.

What Does the Dewberry Plant Look Like?

The dewberry is a woody vine with curled prickles that root at the cane tips. The older stems are woody and brownish, while the younger ones are green. The density of flowers is moderate. The dewberry plant looks whitish and is characteristically subtended by a little leaf. They present in tiny clusters or sometimes on long stalks as singles. The dewberry leaves are complex, alternating, and roughly oval with sharp teeth. They are primarily three-divided, with each of the two lateral leaflets having a pointy lobe.

Dewberry Fruits

Similar to raspberries, the dewberry fruit is purple-red, with seeds that are more rigid and bigger in comparison to blackberry seeds. Its fruits are a deep purple, nearly black, and covered in a thin coating of waxy droplets. As a result, they seem pale blue. Dewberries are less popular since their tiny fruits have a distinct sour flavor even when completely ripe.

Characteristics and Growth Habit

The dewberry plant grows in a trailing habit and reaches a height of approximately two feet. Its red-haired stems are covered in hooked prickles (small thorns). Northern dewberries are low-growing perennial plants that grow like a woody vine, with stems reaching fifteen feet trailing the ground.

The dewberries are hard to pick since they naturally run close to the ground. Fruiting canes of dewberries are commonly attached to a wire trellis which helps to keep them off the ground, making the fruit more easily reachable.

Habitat and Cultivation

The dewberry plant occurs in abandoned pastures, fields, fencerows, thickets, or prairies. The European dewberry is often limited to coastal areas, especially dune environments.Most dewberries are self-fruitful. Cross-pollination is mandatory to produce a crop.

Dewberry Benefits for the Ecosystem

Several bird types, including finches, waxwings, and catbirds, relish dewberry fruits, as do opossums, box turtles, and raccoons. As a source of food, they keep the ecosystem going.

Dewberries Health Benefits

This fruit is rich in minerals and vitamins and has a low-calorie density, meaning its calorie count is low – up to 0.01 calories per ounce. The dewberry is a reputable source of Vitamins K and C – approximately 52.9% per calorie. Additionally, they contain low levels of potentially harmful ingredients like sodium, fat, and sugars – up to 0% per ounce.

Are Dewberries Edible?

You can experiment with dewberries like with strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries. Blend them into a smoothie, add them to other fruit cake ingredients, make a cocktail, or add them to your fruit salad - are all viable options. You can also use dewberries to make jam, cobbler, or pie. Steeping the dry leaves in hot water can also make a healthy, herbal tea.

 

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Dewberry Plant

Dewberry Plant

The Dewberry plantfeatures trailing vines with serrated, toothed leaves and produce small, black or purple berry-like fruits.It offers numerous benefits when incorporated into landscaping, making them a valuable addition to any outdoor space. These deciduous perennial plants belong to the same genus as blackberries and raspberries and are well-known for their delicious fruits. However, these plants possess several attributes beyond their edible qualities that enhance a landscape's aesthetic and ecological value. One of their most prominent landscaping benefits is their ornamental appeal. Their sprawling, trailing growth habit creates a charming and naturalistic look, making them suitable for various garden styles, including wild and cottage gardens. Its delicate white or pink flowers bloom in spring, adding color to the landscape and attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies, promoting biodiversity. In addition to their attractive appearance, plants are often used for erosion control. Their extensive root system helps stabilize soil on slopes and prevents soil erosion, making them an excellent choice for landscaping areas prone to decay. Furthermore, their thick foliage cover serves as a natural mulch, retaining soil moisture and protecting the soil from temperature fluctuations. Another noteworthy benefit of dewberry plants is their ability to create natural barriers and define garden boundaries. Their thorny canes deter unwanted intruders and can be trained to form living fences or hedges. This makes them an eco-friendly alternative to traditional fencing materials, contributing to a sustainable and environmentally conscious landscape design. Furthermore, these plants are relatively low-maintenance, making them suitable for experienced and novice gardeners. They are adaptable to various soil types and climate conditions, including those with poor fertility or limited water availability. Once established, they require minimal pruning and attention, making them a practical and sustainable choice for landscaping projects. Beyond their immediate benefits, they also contribute to the overall ecological health of the landscape. Their flowers and fruits provide valuable food sources for various wildlife species, including birds and small mammals, enhancing the area's biodiversity.  In conclusion, the dewberry offers numerous benefits when used in landscaping. Their ornamental appeal, erosion control properties, ability to create natural barriers, and ecological contributions make them a valuable asset to any outdoor space. Whether in a formal garden or a more naturalistic setting, they can thrive and enrich the landscape while requiring little maintenance. With their adaptability and positive environmental impact, dewberry plants are a wise choice for creating sustainable and beautiful landscapes. Order your dewberry plants at TN Nursery

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