More importantly, is it poison oak? It has 3 leaves... It's located in Maryland.

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flowering bush

  • Probably not PO, based on this site's pictures. phc.amedd.army.mil/PHC%20Resource%20Library/…
    – Ecnerwal
    May 25, 2015 at 0:13
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    Looks more wild strawberryish. I'm not convinced tho: google.com/… May 25, 2015 at 1:12
  • From looking at pictures, the flower petals look a little too oval (instead of round) and have 6 petals instead of 5. The leaves look a little too pointed (rather than rounded) for strawberry. Though, that was my first thought as well. As to Poison Oak, the flowers of that are grown in clusters of tiny yellow flowers and the leaves would be more lobed rather than toothed, so definitely not that either.
    – GardenerJ
    May 25, 2015 at 1:25
  • Looks a lot like some Rubus - blackberry or raspberry. Will elaborate later.
    – Stephie
    May 25, 2015 at 6:36
  • Could you clarify please: How many petals does each flower have? I see five and six, but the picture is a bit unclear.
    – Stephie
    May 25, 2015 at 10:47

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It looks somewhat like Rubus flagellaris - that should have scattered prickles here and there on the stems, but this looks a bit too bushy, as if its been cut back - this plant usually puts out a long stem rather than becoming a bushy plant. Photo in link below:


  • Northern dewberry: plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RUFL May 25, 2015 at 13:47
  • @Wayfaring Stranger There's better pics on line - that one only shows it with a berry, there are others showing the flowers - listed as a weed in Maryland.
    – Bamboo
    May 25, 2015 at 13:57
  • Or maybe not Maryland!
    – Bamboo
    May 25, 2015 at 14:02

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