Blackberry Bush

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Blackberry Bush - Robus Genus

The Blackberry bush is a perennial shrub that grows in zones 5-8. Some varieties will rapidly reach a height of up to 13 feet tall.

Blackberry bushes should be planted in the early spring in well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5-7. While they do best in full sun, they can tolerate some shade. However, if it has too much shade, the bush will not produce any fruit.

The blackberry bush has leaves that are dark green with white fuzz covering it. It has 3-5 leaflets surrounding a sharp center ridge. Flower will appear in late spring to early summer. They will be white or pale pink with five petals. The flowers will look on the tips of the canes. The flowers will give way to edible, sweet tasting juicy berries with multiple drops. The berries will start out white. When the berries are ripe, they will be a deep purple. Even though it will not produce any fruit during its first year, the bush will grow berries for 15-20 years after that. Once the fruit has begun to ripen, you will want to go out and harvest your berries every few days so that you can use them before the birds get to them. The blackberry bush will grow thorny canes that lie across the ground and can grow to be as much as 40’ long. These canes will grow new roots wherever it touches the ground, which will produce a new bush. The canes will die off every winter but will come back the next year.

Blackberries are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K. A serving of 100 grams will have only 45 calories. Blackberries are often used in desserts, jams, seedless jellies, syrups, and wines. They are also an excellent food source for certain caterpillars, deer, red fox, badgers and other foraging animals.

The blackberry bush is a popular addition to gardens thanks to the sweet, edible berries the plant produces in mid- to late summer. The berries are used to make jams, pies, wines and a variety of other dishes.