Blackberry

Fact sheet: Navaho Blackberry

 

Blackberry (Rubus spp.), family Rosaceae (somatic number 21, 28, 35, 42, 56, 63, 70, 77, 84), is a deciduous crop that grows best in temperate climates. Several blackberry species are native to Florida. Wild blackberries are often harvested in Florida; however, they have several limitations, including comparatively small berries, lack of uniformity, low yield, and late maturation. The culture of improved blackberries in Florida is primarily limited to homeowner production, although there is some potential for “U-Pick” and local sales in North Central and North Florida. Blackberry yields in many areas of the country may exceed 6,000 lbs/acre; however, quantitative yield data from Florida are scarce. In Florida, blackberries typically ripen during May and June. They are extremely perishable and as such are very difficult to ship satisfactorily to distant markets. The major blackberry production areas in the United States are the Pacific Northwest, Michigan, and Arkansas.

Fact sheet: Blackberry

Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden

Sold at Nassau County Master Gardener Plant Sale