Blackberries

Care Guidelines

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APACHE

The thornless blackberry plants produce some of the largest fruits and highest yields of any of the thornless blackberries. The extra-large, glossy, black berries are sweet, juicy and flavorful, too. They're great for eating fresh, and also delicious when cooked into cobblers, desserts and preserves. The flowers are extra-fertile, so you get more cone-shaped berries that are perfectly formed. The canes stand erect. 

  • 400-500 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest mid to late June.

  • Self-fruitful.

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BABY CAKES® BLACKBERRY

Dwarf, thornless blackberry with compact, rounded growth habit to 3-4 ft., ideal for patio pots. Large, sweet berries. Pink flowers fade to white, followed by red berries that turns black when ripe. USDA zones 4-8. U.S. Plant Patent #27032.

  • 400 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest through Summer. 

  • Self-fruitful.

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BLACK SATIN

This thornless, heat tolerant blackberry is a prolific producer of deliciously sweet and juicy, deep blue-black berries - that can be harvested without getting pricked by thorns! Small, soft pink flowers appear on second year wood, the semi-erect canes yielding a reliable crop of large blackberries in midsummer. Deciduous.

  • 100 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest through Summer. 

  • Self-fruitful.

BOYSENBERRY

Rubus ursinus var. loganobaccus, a hybrid of blackberry, raspberry, dewberry and loganberry. Very large berry up to 2.5", dark maroon in color with an intense, tangy, sweet flavor. Excellent quality with few seeds and a pleasant aroma. Vine-like trailing growth habit. 

  • 100 - 300 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest through Summer. 

  • Self-fruitful, best in zones 5 - 10.

CHESTER

Thornless, semi-trailing. Large, very sweet, flavorful even when firm. Fruit retains color and quality even in the heat.  Chester is the most winter hardy thornless blackberry and is very resistant to cane blight.  Provide support for the vines. USDA Zone 5-7 (possibly 5-9).

  • 300 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest through Summer. 

  • Self-fruitful.

MARION

Medium to large sized firm, sweet, and bright berries. Excellent for fresh eating and dessert use. Rated by many as the best pie berry. Very long, vine-like canes require support. Best in zones 6-9. 

  • 300 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest June through Summer. 

  • Self-fruitful.

OLALLIEBERRY

A cross between Youngberry and Loganberry, classified as a blackberry. Large, elongated fruit with unique sweet-tart flavor: a long-time California fruit stand favorite for fresh-eating, pies and jams. Vine-like (trailing) structure, requires support. Lower chilling requirement than Boysen. Takes up to two years to bear. Zones 7-9, possibly 6-10.

  • 100-300 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest June through Summer. 

  • Self-fruitful.

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PRIME ARK FREEDOM® 

First thornless primocane blackberry, from U of Arkansas. Large fruit with good flavor, floricane bloom ripens early July. New canes (primocanes) begin fruiting mid-August in years when summer heat is not excessive. For home gardens and local markets; short storage life. Upright growth habit, but may require some support. USDA Zones 5-9. Pat. No. 26990.

  • 100-300 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest through Summer. 

  • Self-fruitful.

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TRIPLE CROWN

Named for its three crowning attributes: flavor, productivity and vigor. Thornless - Large, firm and flavorful berries. Can produce up to 30 lbs. of fruit per vine. Great for fresh use and canning. Long, semi-trailing canes require support. Highly adaptable. Best in zones 5-10.

  • 400-500 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest through Summer.

  • Self-fruitful.

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