Thimble Berries

posted Apr 21, 2015, 6:39 PM by Ivy Hunter   [ updated Jun 18, 2015, 5:42 PM ]
Thimble Berries are native to shady, cool, moist wooded areas. They are native to the west coast, and have five lobed furry leaves. They grow as single

Thimble Berries

shoots, in large clusters which can appear a strong thriving shrub.
Thimble berries fall back hard from a pruning, and take about 2 years to fully re-grow.

With thimble berries it's best to allow them to grow and expand, then they will continue to provide you with berries each year.

Clusters of berries are often found similar to the blackberry. Thimble berries are also a relative of the rose, but don't bear thorns. The berries are individual small red balls, each with a seed, and when ripe, they will fall separately from the flower to seed the ground. They are not a fruit that can be bought and sold in stores.

The berries have a shelf life of about 24 hours from the time it is picked if kept in open air conditions, and they will fall apart into small round berry lobes.

These are beautiful plants we get a chance to identify on our walks, and you can watch for them in your neck of the woods too.