The lush growth, mostly-evergreen leaves, and thorns of the blackberry make it a particularly good option for enclosing spaces (so, fences and hedges) around the garden. They can also be grown for their berries as espaliers on free-standing wire structures or on facade-bound trellises. They are especially fitting for small garden sheds or smaller side buildings.

Lat: Rubus fruticosus

Blackberry with berries and young shoots
Blackberry with berries and young shoots

To thrive... Where to find...

Plant in sun or partial shade; optimal berry formation in warm, humid, and wind-protected locations. Blackberries can grow almost everywhere except in soils that are too dry or nutrient-poor. Find them in most garden centres or online.

Characteristics and Pruning

Blackberries are ramblers. Their shoots may last from 2 - 3 years and can be up to 5 cm thick. The shoots grow 5 - 8 metres in length every year, but the plant rarely grows over 3 m in height. The foliage lasts late into winter. Blackberries propagate via stolons; flowers appear in June and July. The variety "Theodors Reimers" produces sweet and aromatic berries, while "Wilsons Frühe" ripens earlier and is less aromatic. The thornier and wilder (even 'nastier') the growth of a blackberry, the more interesting the taste of its fruit (!)... which also means that thorn-free blackberries taste somewhat boring. The new shoots that grow in the summer should be kept for the next year, and older shoots should be cut down to the ground and removed entirely.

Climbing Supports for the Facade

Blackberries can grow on fences, trellises, wire rope supports, as well as on free standing wire rows in the garden. Facade or wall trellises are built the same way they would be for a pear tree (see the table with compatible trellis designs at the bottom of the page). Choose a trellis in our easy basic or basic-s guages, or even better- in the mediumheavy, or massive range.


Suitable wire rope trellises?

Click on the picture to see a list of suitable trellis designs.

Wire rope trellises for blackberry

Please click on the graphic illustrations for details!

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