With dozens of varieties available for sale, growing Blackberries in the home garden is easy. Selecting the right variety will depend on you climate and needs.
Blackberry varieties include both thornless and thorny varieties, also upright, semi upright and trailing varieties are available. Also available are varieties that ripen early season, mid season and late season, and of course some are better suited to warmer, or colder climates.
Fruit will also differ in size and taste, as will the quantity of fruit produced. It is a little unfortunate that all of the 'good qualities' are not available on the one variety for all zones. Discuss your needs with you supplier
A quick review of Blackberry varieties
Thornless Blackberry Varieties available for sale by mail order include :
- Osage Thornless - Full flavor on high producing floricane cultivar. Tall upright canes.
- Natchez - High yielding, early cropping thornless variety.
- Hull - Very sweet but not as hardy as some
- Black Satin - Excellent for colder climates
- Navaho -
- Quachita - Large sweet fruit
- Triple Crown - Heavy bearing with form sweet fruit
Thorned Blackberry Plants
- Shawnee - The best producer of all, good sized berries and a heavy cropping type
- Brazzo and Roseborough - Both good varieties for warmer climates
- Choctaw - A Blackberry with very few seeds
- Chickasaw - A fairly new release that is suited to machine harvesting, very upright canes and heavy cropping. Large berries and a vigorous plant.
- Onyx - A good strong 'Blackberry taste' on a thorny plant.
- Boysen - A trailing variety with excellent fruit for pies and jams
Blackberry plants are available for sale from the following growers
BRAMBLEBERRY FARM - phone 479-414-4844
PO Box 327 Winslow, AR. 72959
Specializing in small fruit plants. Grape, blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Gooseberry, Dewberry, Elderberry and Boysenberry
STARK Bro's NURSERIES& ORCHARDS Co.- phone: 1-800-325-4180 fax: 573-754-8880
PO Box 1800 Louisiana MO 63353
Originators of Red and Golden Delicious apples. Full line of fruit, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Quinces, Pears, Grapes, Nuts, shade and flowering trees, shrubs roses and small fruits .Includes: Blackberries