Blackberries

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Characteristics

Plant Height: 48 in.

Spread: 36 in.

Evergreen: No

Plant Form: Sprawling

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Minimum Sunlight: Full Sun

Maximum Sunlight: Full Sun

Ornamental Features

Blackberries is a small shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces black heart-shaped berries which are usually ready for picking in late spring to early summer. The berries have a sweet taste. The berries are most often used in the following ways:Fresh EatingCookingBakingPreservesCanning

Landscape Attributes

Blackberries has green foliage throughout the season. The textured oval compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It features an abundance of magnificent black berries in late spring and early summer. This is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep. Each spring, cut back all dead and two-year old canes to the ground, leaving only last year's growth standing. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;SuckeringDisease. Aside from its primary use as an edible, Blackberries is sutiable for the following landscape applications;Mass PlantingNaturalizing And Woodland GardensOrchard/Edible LandscapingContainer Planting

Planting & Growing

Blackberries will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.This shrub may not always play well with others; as such, it is best grown in its own designated garden space or isolated area of an edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. Blackberries is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.