*Rubus ulmifolius

Family Rosaceae


Semideciduous scrambling shrub with strong hooked prickles. Spreads by layering of arching stems. Longevity indefinite. 

Flowers: Pink, December - February. Bee pollinated.

Fruit: Aggregate black fleshy fruit to 12 mm long. Animal dispersed.

Seed: Small.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe.
  • Weed of old pastures.
  • Uncommon at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprouts after fire.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.


Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Rubus ulmifolius plant

Rubus ulmifolius flower

Rubus ulmifolius fruit