Rubus idaeus var. idaeus is an arching shrub, stem to 2 m tall, armed with slender-based prickles; roots associated with vesicular-arbuscular endomycorrhizal fungi (Berliner and Torrey 1989).
Leaves alternate, palmately compound with 3-5 leaflets, softy gray-hairy below, margins toothed.
Flowers petals white to greenish, shorter than sepals.
Fruit of fleshy 1-seeded drupes, red at maturity, to 1.5 cm thick. Edible.
Wetland status: FAC.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Cultivated. Rarely escaping.