Blackberries produce succulent fruit in summer on woody canes. Beware that the vigorous woody canes can become invasive if not pruned regularly. There are two distinct forms of blackberries -- trailing and erect. They may be thorny or thornless. Erect blackberries are hardy, stiff-caned plants. The trailing kind, also called dewberries, are tender and grown mainly in the South.
- Plant Type:
- Plant Height:
- To 6 feet tall
- Plant Width:
- 3 feet wide
- Bloom Time:
- Blooms in mid- to late spring.
- Landscape Uses:
- Beds & Borders
Blackberries fruit the first year after planting. The fruit's green receptacle separates from the plant when the fruit is picked. The core should be small and soft.
Pick in the morning when fruits and plants are dry and cool. Watch out for bees before you reach in. Carry the berries in shallow trays because they are easily crushed. They also are highly perishable, so keep picked berries in the shade and move them to a cool location as soon as possible.
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