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Interesting Facts

The fruits of blackberries, raspberries and the like have some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any fruit, which is primarily due to their high concentrations of polyphenolic compounds.

In the United Kingdom there is a superstition that blackberries should not be harvested after September 29th. After this date the devil has marked them by urinating on the leaves of the brambles. As unfortunate as this may sound, there is some value to the superstition. As October rolls around, the fruits have been on the stem long enough that they may be rotten and infested with insects.  Whether or not they are covered with the devil's urine or rotten, they should not be eaten.

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Blackberry   Ebony King (Rubus)

Blackberry 'Ebony King' is large and has delicious purple berries that are perfect, for any baking treat. Ebony King's upright thornless canes bear fruit in summer before hot days set in. Picking is easy and fun!

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Plant Types: Fruit, Perennial, Shrub
Light: Full Sun
Height: 5 feet
Width: 4 feet to 6 feet
Zones: 5a to 7b
Bloom Color: Green, Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Deer resistant, Edible, North American native
Shape: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Nursery Select Miracid® Water Soluble Plant Food, Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Take greenwood cuttings of deciduous species in summer or hardwood cuttings in early winter. Take semi-ripe cuttings of evergreen species in summer.  Make sure not to plant brambles in a site where potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers have grown in the past 3 years, because this site may contain verticillium wilt which will harm brambles.


The best time to harvest the fruits is when they are easily pulled from the stem, taste sweet and have reached full color. It is preferable to harvest in the morning when the plants are cool. Be sure that any morning dew has already dried before harvesting. Place harvested fruit into shallow trays as the weight of the fruits piled high can damage the underlying fruit.

Plant Growth:

Grow deciduous species in full Sun. Grow evergreen species in full sun or partial shade.  Brambles thrive in areas with long, mild springs and cool summer nights.  Best to train brambles to a V-shape trellis which makes harvesting the fruits easier.


Blooms in late spring so frost is usually not a threat.

Soil and Irrigation:

Grow in well drained soil that is moderately fertile. Brambles prefer acidic soil.  Infrequent watering.  Provide a mulch to prevent the growth of weeds and enhance water retention.


Prune after flowering. Only prune to control size and to contain vigorous plants.  Remove disease ridden plants.


Prone to various wilts and mildews, scale, leafhoppers, and caterpillars.