The Oregon Blackberry Myth and Why You Should Plant Them

Oregon blackberry mythAre you thinking we are crazy for suggesting you plant that crazy, out of control bush? You aren’t alone! Most Oregonians see the seas of overgrown blackberries all along the roads and think that plating them in your yard would be a semi-crime. Well,
that is not so. We are set out to dispel the Oregon Blackberry myth in this post! Blackberries are tasty and there is no reason they shouldn’t be an edible part of your landscape.

The Oregon Blackberry Myth

This is what you may have heard.

Blackberries are an invasive weed – don’t plant them!

That is only partially true. According to the Oregon State University Extension Service, the invasive weed is a specific type known as the Himalaya blackberry. It was introduced in Oregon in the late 1800s and is extremely hard to kill. Cultivated blackberries are not the same, and are quite lovely in a yard. Cultivated blackberries are one of the easiest and most nutritious fruits to grow at home. They contain high levels of antioxidants and are full of vitamin C and fiber. They are a “superfood” for a reason! Cultivated blackberries are also more flavorful and have smaller seeds than the invasive plants all over the roads. Is that enough reasons to consider adding them to your garden? We think so.

Best Oregon Blackberries to Plant

  • Obsidian: Great flavor, this thorny blackberry produces large fruit in beginning in late June.
  • Marion: An Oregonian favorite – for good reason. This thorny blackberry produces medium-sized, soft, dark purple fruit with superior taste. Did you know the Marionberry is named after Marion County in Oregon where most of the much of the world’s supply is still grown?
  • Boysen: Known as the boysenberry, this thorny blackberry produces large, purple fruit with a unique flavor.
  • Triple Crown: A thornless blackberry that produces fruit in late summer. Its medium to large fruit is black and glossy with good flavor. The only downside to Triple Crown? It is prone to sunburn.

You’ll want to plant blackberries along a trellis to give them support. Here’s a diagram from the Oregon State University Extension Service.

trellis fo rblackberries - help dispel the blackberry myth

Want to know more about planting other fruits in your yard? View our post, Want a Produce Department? Add Fruit Trees to Your Yard, about planting fruit trees.

Need help planning the garden and designing a trellis, pergola, or other yard structure? We can help. Carl and Elida, our in-house landscape designers have experience with any type of yard project and are ready to help you make your yard makeover a reality. Let us come out and give you a free quote. Call today.

Images courtesy of Oregon State University Extension Services / Oregon State Univsersity Extension Services

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