Black Raspberry, Rubus occidentalis

Black Raspberry

Rubus occidentalis

Benefits:
Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Loam, Sand, Rocky
Soil Moisture: Medium
Color: White
Fragrance: No
Height: 6-12 feet
Spacing: 6 feet


Description

Black raspberry, Rubus occidentalis, is an important specialty fruit crop in the US Pacific Northwest. The plant can be aggressive with thorny shrubs that produce edible berries. Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) has blue-green stems, long, arching canes and dark purple berries. The fruits of this species are large, dark, juicy and sweeter than red raspberry. Among our best wild fruit.

Berries and flowers are produced on year old canes, for best fruit set, cut out the old canes (stems) after fruiting, or cut half of the vines to the ground every other year for easy clean up. Best fruit production if grown in full sun.

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Great to grow around free standing trees to alleviate the need to mow under/around specimens and can plant as woodland edge planting.
  Prune in summer immediately after fruiting.
  Fall is the best time to plant.
  Can be grown in containers or trained up a post.
  Dried blackberry leaves used for tea.
Further Information

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