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Rubus fruticosus agg. 'Oregon Thornless' (B)

blackberry 'Oregon Thornless'

Rubus fruticosus, in its broadest sense, is the blackberry. There are both thorny and thornless cultivars available with long arching canes 'Oregon Thornless' is a deciduous shrub with long, thornless canes to 2.5m in height and dark green lobed, pinnate leaves from spring to autumn. Bears 5-petalled white flowers in summer followed by dark blackberries in late summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green Black
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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

Well-drained, neutral soil. Mulch with well-rotted compost or manure

Propagation

Propagate by tip layering or from cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Cut out old canes following fruiting and tie in new canes

Pests

Can get aphids, leafhoppers, raspberry beetle and gall mites

Diseases

Good general resistance to disease

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