• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Edible Fruit
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ROO-bus ur-SEE-nus eye-DAY-us
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide well-drained soil with mildly acidic to neutral pH. Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.