Blackberry Rubus fruticosus

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Blackberry Rubus fruiticosus© Ita McCobb

Blackberry Latin name

Rubus fruticosus

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Rubus fruticosus Common name

Blackberry, Bramble

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Blackberry Plant family

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.

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Blackberry Description

Category: Shrubs

Form: Long scrambling, climbing shrub generally with prickly, woody branches

Type: Deciduous

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.

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Blackberry Planting preferences

Hardiness: Fully to frost hardy

Soil type: Needs fertile well-drained soil

Planting situation: Full sun to partial shade

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Blackberry Uses

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.

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