Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)
Full sun to light shade. Zones 5 to 9.
Acidic to circumneutral average garden soils.
Depending upon variety, thornless blackberries are upright to vining, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennials. They flower late, on the previous season?s growth, thus avoiding late frost damage and fruit in mid to late summer. Thornless blackberries are bred for large fruit size.
For home use, vining thornless blackberries are best grown in 6-foot tall, two-wire trellised rows on the border of your vegetable garden or along fences. Erect varieties can be grown as single plants, topped off at about 42″. They are also a good choice for berry farming.
The new shoots are edible. Blackberry leaf and root tea is astringent and is used for diarrhea, coughs, colds, TB, rheumatism, and as an eyewash.
The ripe fruit is very high in available antioxidants and high in Vitamin C, b-complex, and folic acid. Blackberries are the highest fruit in LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol inhibition effect, thus helping to prevent stroke, heart disease and arteriosclerosis.
‘Apache’ – Resistant, large fruited, high quality, very productive, upright. – not available
‘Triple Crown’ – Highly productive, large sweet fruits, semi-erect canes.
‘Oachita’ – Vigorous, upright growing, yield better than Apache, less than Triple Crown.
$20 1 gal. , $25 / 2 gal.