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Illinois Blackberry

Pot, 3-6" ILBL_3-6 $7.20
Pot, 6-12" ILBL_6-12 $8.20

Tags: blackberry, organic, hardy

Durable and Delicious Blackberry

Most of the blackberry cultivars are just not hardy enough. Part of the problem lies in the fact that all commercial blackberries are grown in warmer climates and the breeding efforts have focused on thornless plants and adaptation to warmer climates.   Illinois solves this problem. By using selected seedlings from other varieties we were able to create a strain of hardy blackberry fully hardy in our zone 5.  This selection will spread by underground stolons but very slowly if at all.  Height is short reaching 3-4 ft. at tops. Plants will naturally regenerate from the base as well as root cuttings and will replenish the canes as the naturally die out after production.  Thorns are prevalent on the canes making picking a bit tricky. But yields are great even in part shade of the walnuts we have them under. No apparent disease or insects with this selection.  This selection should not be confused with other wild species blackberries that are difficult to eradicate. We continually 'update' our blackberries with other new selections that people have found in the wild with new seedlings that show great promise of growing blackberries in the north.  


Plant Specs
Genus & Species Rubus x
Seed Source Michigan
Hardiness -20F
Height (ft) 3-4
Width (ft) 3-6
Pollination Requirements Self fertile
Soil Sand or loam. Not particular.
Climate Easy to grow in the midwest and northeast.
Ease of Cultivation Easy to grow and fruit. Anyone can fruit this. No spray needed. The plants runner a little bit but not overwhelming with few or any stolons.