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Rubus fruticosus agg. 'Loch Tay'PBR (B)
  • RHS AGM

blackberry 'Loch Tay'

Rubus fruticosus, in its broadest sense, is the blackberry. There are both thorny and thornless cultivars available with long arching canes 'Loch Tay' is a semi-upright, compact blackberry cultivar with thornless canes up to 1.5m high. White flowers are followed by sweet, purple-black fruits cropping relatively early in the season

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green Black Purple
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Trailing
Genus

Rubus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, often scrambling with bristly or prickly stems bearing simple, lobed, palmate or pinnate leaves and 5-petalled flowers followed by juicy, sometimes edible fruits

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Most blackberry cultivars are fan-trained on free-standing post and wire support systems but this compact cultivar can be grown with minimal support. Mulch with well rotted compost or manure

Propagation

Propagate by tip layering or from cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Hedging and screens
  • Banks and slopes
Pruning

Cut out old canes following fruiting and tie in new canes. See pruning blackberries for more information

Pests

May be affected by aphids, leafhoppers, raspberry beetle and gall mites

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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