• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Large Midsummer Berries
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ROO-bus ur-SEE-nus eye-DAY-us
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    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 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, remove canes that have fruited. Leave newer canes to produce next season's crop; train on a trellis.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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'.
    The name blackberry is a misnomer because this isn't a true berry. It's a drupe, an entirely different sort of fruit.