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Black Raspberry - Rubus Occidentalis


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Buy Black Raspberry plants at Trees-Plants. Black Raspberry Plants are native to Europe and Asia eastward to Japan. The Black Raspberry Plant is also typical in Canada and in the Northern United States where you can usually find it growing wild. It is found growing in hedges, and in neglected fields, the flower in May and then the fruits ripen entirely from June to August. Many people use the fruits of the Black Raspberry Plants to make jellies, jams, and even pies. You can mix them with red berries, raspberries, and other berries to create a mixed berry pie.

Black Raspberry is the common name for Rubus occidentalis, a deciduous shrub native to eastern parts of North America. Growing up to 3 meters (10 feet) tall, the shrub produces flowering branches containing leaves with five leaflets. The distinctive flowers produce sepals more than twice as long as their petals.

However, the real treasure is the fruit. The round, edible, purple or black drupelets are prized for their unique flavor. Although they look like large blackberries and are closely related to red raspberries, they have a completely different taste not like that of a blackberry or a raspberry.

The berries are commonly dried or frozen for use in food. Popular applications include purees and juices, and fresh berries are also sold to markets when they’re in season. A few varieties of liqueurs are made with black raspberries, including the famous Chambord Liqueur Royale de France. The berries have also been used as a natural dye due to their high pigment content.

Black raspberry is an excellent plant for small landscapes and home gardens, but they do require some upkeep. To produce the most abundant, sweetest berries, the shrub will need to be pruned starting in the second year after planting. Regular fall and spring pruning will be required each year after that.

Hardy in zones 5-8, they need a location in full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil. In warmer climates, they do well with some afternoon shade. They need at least 2.5 feet of space in between plants to allow for plenty of room to grow. Regular watering during the summer months keeps the plants going strong, and an application of mulch in the winter prevents cold damage.

Plant black raspberry for its attractive foliage and flowers, and most of all for the delicious berries it provides. Although it will take a little work to keep the shrub producing abundantly year after year, most gardeners think this beautiful small plant is well worth the effort.