|Photo 1. General image of Rubus armeniacus
Rubus armeniacus, commonly known as Himalayan Blackberry, is a provincially exoticbclist-invasive; listed shrub in BC. Federally it is not listed. It is part of the rose family. They are commonly found in riparian or deciduous forest habitats.
Rubus armeniacus is a shrub that is 2-5 m or more long. The leaves are thin. The leaf shape is ovate (oval, egg-shaped, with a tapering point and the widest portion near the petiole) or caudate (tailed at the apex). Their surface is smooth. Their edges are dentate, double serrate or serrate. Leaves are arranged palmately compound (consisting of leaflets all radiating from one point). Leaves are 5-12 cm long. The stems form is creeping, erect, ascending and soft. The stem is green or brown in colour and has a thorny surface. The flowers have 5 white or pink pedals or sepals. Flowers are 10-15 mm long. Fruit are black in colour and and the berries 1-1.5 cm wide. The fruit are smooth.
Their prefered habitat is riparian or deciduous forest. Sun exposure is typically sun or shade or full sun. They typically grow in loamy, organic or gravel soil. Moisture requirements are moist soil or moist soil. And the pH requirements are neutral or slightly acidic. It can be found from 0 m to 500 m in elevation. It can be found in British Columbia, Canada. Rubus armeniacus is found in the coastal-western-hemlock biogeoclimatic zone(s).