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Thornless blackberry

Rubus ulmifolius

A native wild blackberry of Europe with no thorns.

PLANT TYPE Shrub

PLANT HABIT Perennial

USES Culinary, Pollinators

DESCRIPTION

A productive blackberry pleasant in that it lacks thorns. Vigorous grower, likes moist soils in full sun. Produces berries in summer.

PRODUCT NOTES Sold bare rooted from 2 litre pots.

RECOMMENDED LOCATION Pot, Forest garden, Wildlife garden

Aspect Full sun, Moist partial shade, Moist full sun

Height 5m and if allowed, will scramble higher up into trees

Spread 5m

Prefered soil pH Grows best in soils of pH 5.5 - 7

Management and care Left to it's own devices will spread voraciously and branches touching the ground will likely reroot. Because it doesn't have thorns is relatively easy to control. Can be trained on trellises and will be happy in a well fertilised, well watered container. Should be cut back and trained in Autumn. May need netting to stop birds eating the berries.

Origin/history

A wild blackberry species native to Europe and Northwest Africa.

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Thornless blackberry