Rubus ursinus x ideaus 'Thornless'Item #6991 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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A prolific producer of sweet-tart, large, reddish black fruit in midsummer on second year growth. Small white flowers precede the fruit on thornless canes in spring. The fruit can be eaten fresh, cooked, or frozen. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ROO-bus ur-SEE-nus eye-DAY-usPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 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 PlantsSalvia (Salvia); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Yarrow (Achillea); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Lavender (Lavandula)
- CareCare InformationProvide fertile, mildly acidic, well-drained soil. In hot summer regions, shelter from harsh sun, and mulch to keep roots cool. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system. Feed in early spring. After harvest, prune away canes that have fruited. Leave newer canes to produce next season's crop; train on trellis.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - 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.