Apache Blackberry Plant

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Big Harvest, Jumbo Fruit, Thornless Apache Blackberry

  • Late Season
  • Extremely Productive
  • Huge, Sweet, Juicy Blackberries
  • Thornless Canes Make Harvest More Pleasant
  • Upright Canes Don't Need a Trellis
  • Self-Pollinating
  • Grow One in a Small Space Victory Garden
  • Fruit Freezes Beautifully
  • Disease Resistant
  • Tolerates Heat and Humidity
  • Perfect Candidate for Low Spray Edible Landscapes

Love the luscious, rich taste of juicy blackberries in summertime? Grow your own and prep them to enjoy all year-long.

This thornless, upright variety makes it a total breeze. High yielding Apache Blackberry plants (Rubus 'Apache' PP #11865) are well-known to produce gallons of jumbo-sized berries.

This self-pollinating fruiting bush will produce fruit from a single plant. Even tiny Victory Gardens can include them as a hard-working tall backdrop.

Developed at the University of Arkansas, Apache produces huge, super-sweet fruit that is glossy, black and delicious. You'll enjoy a large harvest once your plants reach bearing age.

These berries are plenty sweet enough to eat fresh, plucked right from your bush. Add them to homemade ice cream or healthy smoothies.

Try making jams, jellies or pies. You'll be surprised how little extra sugar you need to add. The rich flavor is wonderfully complex.

The canes of Apache Thornless Blackberry are more erect than other thornless varieties. They can be grown without a trellis with simple tip pruning at 42 inches high.

These large berries are so purple they look black. Eating plenty of deeply colored superfoods is an easy way to maximize your immune system.

The beautiful berries are packed with aromatic flavors and antioxidants. And fresh blackberries picked from your own plants taste so much better than store-bought.

Enjoy a bumper crop of delectable, colossal blackberries with this variety. It's an excellent choice that produces fruit on last years canes and on new canes on the tips.

Order your Apache Blackberry today, but hurry. Everyone wants to add fruiting plants to their landscape to boost their food security.

How to Use Apache Blackberry in the Landscape

The berries ripen in late season. They are exceptionally sweet, wonderful for fresh eating. Add them to your morning bowl of oatmeal, or use them in homemade desserts.

Ever tried "kolache"? These pastries from Central Europe would be out of this world with your own prepared Apache Blackberry filling.

Apache blackberries are succulent, firm and of good size. These berries store well, if you are able to stop yourself from eating them all standing by the bush.

The first, heaviest crop comes in June on second-year floricanes, then you'll usually see a second crop on new primocanes later in the season.

If you are only growing one, give it a growing spot that is six feet from its nearest neighbor. If you want a hedgerow, you'll need to allow five feet of space between plants, as well as five feet of space between rows.

Join the Edible Landscaping trend. Why not add this hard-working shrub as a privacy screen behind your patio seating?

Go ahead and give your guests something to talk about!

Apache Blackberry can also be added as a backdrop to garden borders for white flowers in spring, and an eye-catching harvest of beautiful blackberries. Give yourself the space you need to harvest them.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Apache needs full sun, and can take the heat. Just watch the water to ensure your plants stay well hydrated. This is especially important during fruit production.

It is tolerant of a wide range of soils. However, it will do best in a well-drained soil that is enriched with several handfuls of compost or humus during planting.

Mulch with pine straw or pine bark, which will break down over time to provide the slightly acid soil Blackberries love. Reapply this mulch layer regularly.

The astounding fruit is borne on last year's wood. After those canes fruit, you'll cut them out at ground level and place them in the yard waste.

Avoid the need to trellis with an easy tip prune on the vertical canes once they reach 42 inches. Take the time to do this, and you'll encourage fruiting laterals and a stronger, more erect habit.

Apache Blackberries offer plenty of huge, firm blackberries with sweet, delicious flavor. Order yours today!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Apache Blackberry Plant Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rubus 'Apache'
Mature Height 4 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Fruiting