Blackberry Rubus fruticosus
- Blackberry Latin name
- Rubus fruticosus Common name
- Blackberry Plant family
- Blackberry Description
- Blackberry Planting preferences
- Blackberry Uses
Rubus (Rosaceae) – includes literally hundreds of varieties of evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous shrubs and woody-stemmed scrambling climbers of which many varieties (such as Blackberry, Bramble and Raspberry) are cultivated for their edible fruits and other non-edible varieties often grown for their ornamental foliage.
Form: Long scrambling, climbing shrub generally with prickly, woody branches
Height: 6 metres (depending on variety)
Spread: 6 metres (depending on variety)
Leaves: Decorative leaves and made up of several leaflets that are often white beneath
Flowers/berries: Attractive flowers generally white or pink that develop into berried fruits in late Summer/Autumn
Normally grown for: Decorative flowers, foliage and fruits
Notes: Can become invasive if not regularly pruned. Branches should be trained against a support.
Hardiness: Fully to frost hardy
Soil type: Needs fertile well-drained soil
Planting situation: Full sun to partial shade
Cuttings – For its decorative flowers and leaf shape
Fruit – Edible succulent berries used in cooking
Walls – Makes decorative and productive wall plants and prickly varieties make excellent wall-climbing deterrents.