• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing canes reach 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Two Delicious Crops
    Blooms:
    Spring and Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ROO-bus
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Rounded, Upright
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing canes reach 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Bird Friendly, Edible, Showy Fruit
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring and Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesRepeat Flowering
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsRosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Yarrow (Achillea); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Salvia (Salvia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide fertile, mildly acidic, well-drained soil. Best in cool summer regions. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Feed before new growth begins in spring. After harvest, prune to ground older canes that have fruited, leaving one-year-old canes to produce next season's crop. Train newer canes 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 or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Newly developed by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Prime-Ark® Freedom is heralded as the world's first thornless primocane-fruiting blackberry. It is the fourth introduction in their Prime-Ark® line of thornless primocane-fruiting blackberries. as part of their thriving, decades-old breeding program. Prime-Ark® Freedom originated from seed produced by hand-pollination. It is an excellent cultivar for home gardens, and is ideal for cooler summer climates. It is noted for excellent plant health, thornless, primocane-fruit production, and large, flavorful fruit. A self-fertile cultivar.
    Lore:
    Blackberries are notable for their high nutritional contents of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid - a B vitamin, and the essential mineral, manganese. Blackberries are essentially divided into two groups - primocane-fruiting and floricane-fruiting. Primocane-fruiting varieties produce flowers and fruit on canes that mature within their first year. Conversely, floricane-fruiting varieties, that do not develop any flowers or fruit on those primocanes, but rather the primocanes would be the subsequent year's floricanes, that will produce the flower and fruit. Generally, primocanes produce their fruit later in the season. A mix of floricane and primocane-producing plants in the garden provides an early season crop and a late season crop, ensuring an extended season of fresh fruit. Primocanes can be more heat sensitive and will produce best in regions that do not have excessively hot temperatures during the flower and fruit set.