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Magically Black: The Chester Thornless Blackberry

  • Highly Productive
  • Deeply BlackBerries
  • Sweet and Lightly Tart
  • Vigorous Growth
  • Disease Resistant
  • Cold Hardy

Skip the thorns but not the berries! The Chester Thornless Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus 'Chester') is a top producer when it comes to self-fertile blackberries, and its berries are sweet and firm. And this robust blackberry variety stands up against common blights and cold winters.

The Chester Thornless Blackberry is not one of those blackberry plants that makes you wonder if digging through the thorns is worth the sweet reward. Because it is thornless, you and the kids can pick berries all day as they ripen in July.

If you live in a cold climate, you cannot beat the Chester Thornless Blackberry. This cold-hardy beauty produces even after the temperatures drop below zero. As for gardeners in the south, these berries tolerate the heat well and even arid conditions. In fact, their deeply hued berries keep their ravishing color despite the heat.

What about the berries? Chester Blackberries are breathtakingly black and sweet. Less tart than most varieties, these berries are a favorite among children. These firm berries are best when ripened on the vine.

Unlike other blackberries, these will stay firm until optimal sweetness. And when it comes to numbers, you will need a pen and paper to keep count--the Chester Thornless Blackberry produces pounds of flavorful fruity berries.

Prepare your bakeware--you will want to fill up on these as you pick them fresh then use the rest in pies, jams, jellies, on your ice cream or yogurt, and anywhere else you can conceive to use them! And after you're all out of ideas, you can freeze the rest for smoothies.

This plant grows fast and spreads well, so give it space and plenty of sun for the best yields. Make use of your fence line or add a few Chester Thornless Blackberries to your veggie garden.

When you see your Chester Thornless Blackberry covered in plump berries, you may wonder if it's black magic. Don't worry--it's just a phenomenal variety with magical blackberries. If you don't have the patience for unproductive plants, you will love this thornless blackberry. Order your own 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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Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Chester Thornless Blackberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Botanical Name Rubus 'Chester Thornless'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Green
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
When To Prune After Fruiting
Fragrant No