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Also known as brambles, this group of
delicious fruits includes Raspberries and Blackberries. With our mild
winters and relatively cool summers, the Pacific Northwest is renowned for
its prolific crops of delectable berries.
Vigorous and productive plants, they produce
abundant harvests of fruit, great for fresh eating, freezing, and
preserves. We fill our freezer every year and relish their summer
sweetness throughout the winter.
Although their true parentage
is unknown, it is considered to be a blackberry crossed with either
A very large, sweet and flavorful, deep-maroon
colored berry. Boysenberries grow vigorously on our farm. They
tend to ripen mid-July to mid-August and make excellent jam, syrup,
pie fillings and cobblers.
We do not cultivate this variety
lacianatus) on our farm on purpose.
It is one of the wild brambles that is naturalized in Oregon and grown
intermixed with wild blackberries (Rubus ursinus) and the
'Himalaya' (Rubus discolor) along our
farm's fence line.
Appearing as early as 1850 and a native of England, 'Evergreen'
blackberries have been spread along the Pacific coast by birds and
is often considered the traditional blackberry. Other common
names include Cut-leaf blackberry, Cut-leaf bramble, Laciniate bramble, and Parsley-leaf bramble.
is another blackberry variety that has naturalized in Oregon and is
actually quite invasive. It is found everywhere here and that
is not an exaggeration. The only saving grace is that the
berries are awesome. Juicy, relatively large, and flavorful.
The 'Himalaya' blackberry was introduced by Luther
Burbank in California in 1885. He originally believed that its origins were in the
namesake mountains of Asia but later learned that it was of German
here for his words.
Prized for its rich and interestingly tart, delicious flavor.
It is a cross between a red raspberry and
Blackberry. Loganberries produce very large, maroon colored
berries that make delicious syrup, preserves, pie fillings and wines. Loganberry is easy to grow,
thornless, and therefore easy handle.
This very popular
variety is named after Oregon's Marion County where it was developed
as a cross between 'Chehalem' x 'Olallie' and introduced in 1956.
They are a large-sized berry with flavor said to be superior to 'Boysen'
or 'Evergreen'. They ripen in about
Latin Name: Rubus spp.
Size at Maturity: 12
to 15 feet in length.
Caneberries are self-fertile.
Pests & Diseases:
Caneberries are generally free of insect and disease problems. Birds can
become a problem, cover the plants with netting or use noise deterrents.
Blackberries are hardy to approx. minus 10°F.
Blackberries begin bearing the year after planting.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: July
Yield: 10 lbs.
Special Care: Space 'Marionberry',
'Loganberry', and 'Boysenberry'
5 to 6 feet apart. Rows
should be 6 feet apart. Heavy posts and two parallel wires spaced
about 4 feet apart are used for trellising the berries.
USDA Zone: 6
In addition to the above named cultivars, we also
have wild blackberries
on the farm. We
originally attempted to eradicate them (along with
but the reality is, they have a stronghold here in Oregon and it is a losing battle. We keep them
grubbed out in areas we actively use but have started allowing the to
create hedgerows around the perimeter of the farm.
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