The dewberry grows as a groundcover with trailing stems up to 30 cm. It is different from other Rubus species by having herbaceous upright stems, about 20 cm tall covered by soft hairs. The leaves are compound with small leaflets; white flowers appear in May-June.
It is an important pollinator plant in early summer. The fruit is a red aggregate of drupelets, ornamental and edible, much valued by many birds and mammals.
Native American tribes also used the dewberry to treat various ailments (the roots).
It will establish well in disturbed areas, edges of the woods; it can be used for erosion control, naturalized areas or on big properties as a groundcover in difficult spots.
Germination: seeds can be stored dry at low temperatures for many years. The seed coat is impermeable and needs various treatments to allow water absorption: scarifying by nicking the seed coats, soaking in various solutions (hydrogen peroxide, 1% sodium hypochlorite: 20-60 min., sulphuric acid…).