July 28, 2012

Have you ever seen a Blackberry Tree?

Have you ever seen a blackberry tree?  And it's thorn-less!  Yep, totally awesome, right?  Well, it's really more common than you might think.  The picture below is what most of us associate a blackberry with.  The thorns, the bushes, the scraps, and don't forget the Yowiees and Ouchies being said while we pick them.


This blackberry tree is commonly known as the 'Chester Thornless' Blackberry tree and you are reading right when I say, thorn-less!  



It's incredible the way it grows, similar to a regular blackberry bush, but without the thorns.  Mixed in with the 'Chester Thornless' is a mulberry tree.  It can reach about 10 feet high and branch out to about 10 feet across with its branches.



As you can see from the berries, they look pretty much the same as regular blackberry bush just without the thorns, but are accompanied by tree leaves from the mulberry tree.



The 'Chester Thornless' produces blackberries around the same time of year that regular blackberries start showing and have the same delicious berries that can be used for preserving into jams or jellies and also freeze quite well.  They also make for a great pie addition.  The blossoms are a pinkish white, almost purple in color, but the blossoms can vary from tree to tree.




The tree is great in colder climates, but suitable for hotter regions too. It makes a great landscape tree for any landscape and produces berries that can be harvested about the middle of July.  The best way to harvest these wonderful berries is to place a tarp or sheet under the tree and shake the vines.  You can also harvest mulberry berries the same way.


To learn more about this bushes or to find out more about mulberry trees for your own landscape, orchard, or property visit Garden Crossings.



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2 comments:

  1. Wow! That's incredible!

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  2. chester thornless blackberries grow in bushy canes, just like normal blackberries. blackberry leaves aren't nearly as glossy, and they're crinkled. the tree you've pictured is a mulberry.

    this is a chester thornless blackberry.

    http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/df7e7fddde334cdf8c9cb5a2f926c49f/blackberry-loch-tay-thorn-free-brambles-am0aek.jpg

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