Grown for its flavorful berries, this small to medium-sized deciduous shrub (commonly known as jostaberry) combines many of the best traits of its parents, black currant (Ribes nigrum) and gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). The spineless branches bear inconspicuous greenish and purple flowers in spring, followed by tart, juicy, small-seeded fruits, which ripen to purple-black or wine-red in summer. Larger and more abundant than those of Ribes nigrum, the green-fleshed fruits...
(Amity Raspberry, Raspberry)
An everbearing cultivar that saves its biggest yield for late summer, 'Amity' is a hybrid raspberry developed by F.J. Lawrence of Corvallis, Oregon. In late spring to early summer its erect prickly stems produce a modest number of sweet dark red medium-sized berries, followed in late summer by a much heavier crop. The early fruits are borne on second year canes; the late fruits on first year canes. The firm uniform berries are good fresh, canned, or frozen.
This cultivar prefers sun and well-drained,...
Among the latest blooming and heaviest bearing of its kind, 'Apache' is an erect thornless deciduous shrub grown for its delicious blackberries. The large glossy jet-black fruits ripen over a 5-week span in early summer on sturdy upright suckering canes. The juicy sweet berries are good fresh, canned, or baked.
This hybrid blackberry likes sun and well drained, humus-rich soil, but may benefit from some shade and a cool summer mulch in hot climates. It flowers and fruits on second-year wood,...
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(Arapaho Blackberry, Blackberry)
Thornless and heavy-bearing, 'Arapaho' is an erect blackberry grown for its delicious jet black fruits. It's one of the earliest fruiting thornless blackberries, and was bred by James N. Moore of Fayetteville, Arkansas as a hand-pollinated cross between Arkansas Selection 631 and Arkansas Selection 883. The flavorful, firm fruits are medium-sized, black and produced in abundance. In the South, they can begin fruiting as early as late spring.
Full sun is required for best plant growth and fruit...
An heirloom blackberry introduced in 1924, 'Austin Thornless' bears large tart purple-black berries on trailing thornless canes in late spring. The berries are excellent for pies and preserves.
This hybrid blackberry likes sun and well drained humus-rich soil, but may benefit from some shade and a cool summer mulch in hot climates. It flowers and fruits on second-year wood, which should be pruned to the ground in fall. Train first-year stems to a trellis. As with all thornless blackberries, its...
An arching deciduous shrub grown for its delicious fruits, 'Black Satin' is one of a number of so-called semi-erect blackberries resulting from crosses between trailing and erect cultivars. The large glossy jet-black fruits ripen over several weeks in early summer on arching thornless canes. The juicy sweet berries are good fresh, canned, or baked.
This hybrid blackberry likes sun and well drained, humus-rich soil, but may benefit from some shade and a cool summer mulch in hot climates. It flowers...
Sweet, succulent red raspberries are one of the most treasured tastes of of summer. Introduced in 1960, 'Boyne' yields red, flavorful, medium-sized raspberries on sturdy, upright, suckering canes that require no support. The fruits are preceded by insignificant, bee-pollinated flowers. This cultivar is resistant to root rot, rust, and crown gall.
Plants produce canes that are unproductive the first year, bear flowers and fruit the second year, and then die back. This reliable and cold-hardy cultivar...
Recommended for hot climes and widely planted in Texas, 'Brazos' is an erect thorny deciduous shrub grown for its tart blackberries. Borne on second-year canes, the medium-sized fruits ripen over several weeks beginning in mid- to late spring. The tangy rather seedy berries work well in pies and preserves.
This hybrid blackberry likes sun and well drained humus-rich soil, but may benefit from some shade and a cool summer mulch in hot climates. Second-year stems should be pruned to the ground...
(Black Bristol Raspberry, Raspberry)
The extra sweet fruits of 'Bristol' are a real standout. Its prolific black raspberry fruits are produced early, in late-spring, on erect, thorny, deciduous shrubs that tend to sucker. This is one of the heaviest bearing black raspberries. Its upright canes bear large, glossy, sweet fruits that turn from red to jet black. These are ideal for fresh eating, jam, or baking.
Full sun is required for best plant growth and fruit production as is well-drained, humus-rich soil. In locations with hot...