quote:Pretty easy really. Time of year makes it to where you really don't have to know squat about the plants. But, Dewberries are low crawlers. Blackberries make more sturdy stalks that grow upward. If you are finding them before summer, you are finding dewberries. Summer = blackberries.
How the hell do you tell the difference? I thought this whole time I have been eating blackberries. I ate what I thought were blackberries behind my parents house Saturday. Sure as hell tasted like a blackberry.
Dewberries have tons of small thorns.
Blackberries don't have many thorns at all. The thorns they do have are much larger than the dewberries.
The dewberries are a group of species in the genus Rubus, section Rubus, closely related to the blackberries. They are small trailing (rather than upright or high-arching) brambles with berries reminiscent of the raspberry, but are usually purple to black instead of red. Unlike many other Rubus species, dewberries have separate male and female plants (they are dioecious)