Erect, branched, very slightly bristly. Leaves: petioled, simple, cordate at the base, three-to-five lobed, the lobes acute, the middle one slightly longer than the others, all coarsely and unequally serrate. Flowers: white, few, corymbose, terminal; calyx-lobes tipped with a long slender appendage. Fruit: depressed-hemispheric, edible, red when ripe.
The five snow-white crinkled petals of the Capberry look very frail and pretty when seen amid the dense coarse foliage of this large bushy shrub. The flower is formed like a miniature white rose, and has numerous tiny stamens set around the convex receptacle in which are inserted the carpels that ultimately ripen into drupelets and form an aggregate red fruit.
The Capberry grows abundantly in the "High-wooded hollows, where serenely rest The lazy clouds, like giants in repose."
Capberry (Rubus parviflorus)
Rubus strigosus, or Red Raspberry, has shrubby stems usually densely covered with weak glandular bristles, the older ones bearing small hooked prickles. The leaves are three-to-five lobed, rounded at the base and sharply toothed. The white flowers grow in a loose raceme and the fruit is sweet, red and very juicy.
Rubus triflorus, or Dwarf Raspberry, has spineless stems growing from six to eighteen inches high, and trifoliate leaves the segments of which are nearly smooth and pointed, the terminal one being wedge-shaped. The white flowers usually grow in clusters of three on a slender stalk and the fruit is a purplish-red berry.
Rubus pedatus, or Creeping Raspberry, is a charming little vine that trails over the rocks and creeps along the ground, gemming the moss with its starry five-petalled white flowers, in the centre of each of which grow many fine yellow-tipped stamens. The leaves are divided into three (or very rarely five) leaflets, which are coarsely toothed at the edges. The fruit consists of a cluster of from three to six red juicy globules, pressed together and held in a cup of tiny green leaves. The long lithe strands of this pretty, delicate vine are most decorative, as many white flowers and scarlet fruits may be gathered at the same time upon a single trailing branch.