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Austin Dewberry

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Heat Tolerant Dewberries

Dewberry Austin, Rubus caesius 'Austin', will require a trellis or staking and is a very popular dewberry in the South because it tolerates heat.

Hardy, and not needing much attention, this dewberry produces large, sweet, flavorful fruit; the leaves can be used for a tea. The scrumptious berries are sweet and edible. Dewberries contain carbohydrates, vitamin C and vitamins A and B.

The Dewberry can be eaten raw, or used to make cobbler, jam, or pie. The Austin Dewberry ripens early and begins to form berries in May, extending for 30-45 days. The plant needs some support, otherwise it will trail on the ground. The ideal berries for picking will be glossy black, with a firm fell, and a little red appearing on any of the lobes.

This dewberry derived from plants that were selections from Native American trailing blackberry bushes that were superior to the original parents in size, flavor, and production. Austin adapts well to heat, but is tender in the cold winter climates.

The vines should be laid on the ground and protected for the winter with straw or other material, especially in the cold northern climates.

*Tolerates Heat

*6 Week Harvest

*Trailing Habit

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Austin Dewberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Rubus caesius 'Austin'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 3 feet
Mature Spread 3-4 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun