University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Raspberry (Rubus spp.)

Raspberries are very similar to blackberries but the color may be red, black, purple or golden when mature. Unlike blackberry, the central core stays on the plant when the fruit is picked, causing the fruit to be hollow, like a thimble. Raspberry leaves are alternate, compound with 3-5 leaflets and serrate margins. They are usually broader than blackberry and usually whitish and slightly fuzzy underneath. Raspberries grow on bushes. The stems are called canes and have small thorns called prickles. New canes often have a whitish waxy surface.