Rubus ursinus x ideaus 'Thornless'Item #6991 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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Prolific producer of sweet-tart, large, reddish fruit in midsummer of second season. Small white flowers precede fruit on thornless canes. Fruit can be eaten fresh, cooked or frozen. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Fast grower to 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.Key Feature:EdibleBlooms:SpringLandscape Uses:
- DetailPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast grower to 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasPlant this tasty berry near a fence, wall or wherever you can provide plenty of support and room for its fruit-laden, thornless canes. Grow as a freestanding shrub in a large garden bed and stake canes. This berry is an excellent addition to the fruit and kitchen garden.Companion PlantsKitchen garden companions include flowering crabapples, such as Indian Magic Crabapple (Malus x 'Indian Magic') and eating apples such as the narrow-growing Crimson SpireTM (Malus x ColonnadeTM 'Obelisk'). Flowers for cutting, also a component of the kitchen garden, can include Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and Double Pink Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Double Pink Peony').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a commercial fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Train one-year-old canes on trellis, prune canes that have fruited.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The genus Rubus includes many different plants collectively known as "brambles" because they share viney growth and wickedly sharp thorns. This species is native to California and Oregon, named from the Latin for bear, the local wildlife that fed most heavily on the fruit. This thornless form was developed in California from the 1923 cultivar, 'Boysen'.Lore:The name blackberry is a misnomer because this isn't a true berry. It's a drupe, an entirely different sort of fruit.