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Rubus Genus

Blackberry

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • WaterDry

Description

Rubus genus (Blackberry). These are deciduous or semi-evergreen or evergreen shrubs and woody-stemmed, scrambling climbers containing about 250 different species. Some species are cultivated solely for their edible fruits, which include raspberries and blackberries. Others may be grown for their foliage, or ornamental flowers with often prickly stems.

Characteristics

Perennials, Deciduous or Evergreens, Shrubs

Other common names

Bramble

Origin

Scotland, USA, Canada

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, fruits and flowers or ornamental, often prickly stems. Deciduous species may be grown for their winter stems Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and will prefer full sun, and other deciduous species need sun or semi-shade, with evergreens and semi-evergreens tolerating sun or shade as well. They all require fertile, well drained soil. Cut old stems of R.biflorus, R.cockburnianus and R.thibetanus to ground after fruiting.

Propagation

Propagate by seed or cuttings (semi-ripe for evergreens, softwood or hardwood for deciduous species) in summer or winter. Alternatively, R.odoratus may be increased by division and R.'Benenden' and R.ulmifolius 'Bellidiflorus' by layering in spring. You can also propagate by root division in winter.

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