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Blackberry bushes make a beautiful, natural fence or a great addition to an edible landscape or garden. With roughly 375 species, this perennial bush comes in thornless, trailing, erect, and semi-erect varieties. A single bush’s stem will take root and send out more stems in its first year, with multiple stems ranging from 9 to19 feet. It will not produce flowers or fruit until the second year. Growers can train new growth to climb, prune them, or allow them to form a wild or tamed bramble.

In its second year, a blackberry bush will produce 2-3 cm in diameter white or pink flowers on its stems. This adds interest and a lovely fragrance in late spring to early summer. Shortly after blooms fall, the bushes produce small, bumpy berries that begin green, gradually changes to red, and finally black. Once mature, pick the entirely dark, ripened berries every 2-3 days.

A single bush can produce berries for 15-20 years. Growers can consume fresh berries, freeze them, or preserve them numerous ways to enjoy year round.

Blackberry bushes thrive in full sun, but they will tolerate a little shade. A good draining soil is also necessary, and they prefer acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7. They are perfect for growing zones 5 through 10, and new bushes do best with early spring planting.

Trimmed or unkempt, blackberry bushes add visual interest and provide habitats and food for wildlife. Birds especially love the berries, but deer prefer the leaves. Flowers and fallen fruits also attract bees, which are necessary for pollination. Blackberry bushes will require yearly pruning in the winter to remove dead growth, retrain, and to cut any unruly branches. Prickled or thorn varieties do need additional care when trimming to protect the grower and clothing.

Wild Blackberry Bush can add nutrients and vitamins to your daily intake as well as provide you with extra cash in your wallet. 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 generally 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.