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Thimbleberry is a bushy shrub (1.5-5 ft tall) with large (4-11 in long and wide), 5-lobed leaves. Unlike Raspberry or Pacific Blackberry, it has no thorns.

Clusters of small, white flowers with 5 petals around a centre of pale yellow stamens can be seen between May and July. The red berries are small, flatter, and softer than raspberries.

Thimbleberry grows in forest margins and clearings of the western mountains as well as on the Pacific coast and around the Great Lakes.

Did you know? Thimbleberry leaves look very similar to Maple leaves. However, pairs of Maple leaves appear opposite each other along the stem, whereas Thimbleberry leaves alternate.

See Also: Wild Strawberry, Bearberry, Blackberry, Chokecherry, Elderberry, Highbush Cranberry, Huckleberry, Oregon Grape, Saskatoon Berry, Silver Buffaloberry, Snowberry