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Rubus fruticosus 'Ouachita'

Rubus fruticosus 'Ouachita'

Common name blackberry
Family rosaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z5-9)
Flowers white
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Plump blackberries borne on thornless upright canes. We bought our plant at the Fort Bend Master Gardeners fruit tree sale, and planted it along our back-yard fence in an area where our dog likes to bark at the neighbor dogs. Perhaps we should have selected a thorny variety instead!
Fruit ripens in June on second-year canes, and the plants are self-pollinating. Compared to the annual bounty I remember from growing up in the Netherlands, and even from return trips to my mother's home where harvests are large enough to produce freezer-loads of berries to eat over ice cream in the off-season, our crop is rather pitiful – but even just a few plump fully ripe berries are worth the wait. The ones in the photo here aren't quite ready yet...

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: right fence border

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