Ouachita Thornless Blackberry Bush

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What could be better than the Ouachita Blackberry Bush (Rubus ursinus 'Ouachita') you ask? Two Ouachita Blackberry bushes! This newer variety was developed by the University of Arkansas, producing tempting clusters of shiny black berries…loads of them! In fact, the canes might become so heavy with fruit that they bend to the ground!

In spring, clusters of cheerful pinkish-white blossoms form up and down your Ouachita Floricanes, pulling in bees and butterflies from all around. This variety self-pollinates, but order enough so you can eat all you want straight from the cane and still have more to bake into whatever delicious treats that your family loves!

Pronounced 'watch-it-taw', Ouachita Blackberries give you plenty of large, glossy black, conical-shaped berries that are firm and sweet! Ripening around June depending on your climate, these are supreme snacks right off the canes! Bite into one and your mouth will be filled with rich, aromatic juice, perfect for eating fresh or turning into pies, cobblers or muffins.

Planting and Application:

The Ouachita Blackberry is thornless, so no little prickers when you want to pick them. This makes them very kid-friendly too! They give you a consistent crop year after year, starting their second year so you don't have to wait too long to enjoy them!

Plant them in your pollinator, kitchen and vegetable garden or grow them as an edible border for your yard. These are great for privacy screens and bird-friendly groupings! Use as you would any flowering shrub with fall color, that also just happens to produce snacks!

  • Huge Harvests of Black Firm Sweet Fruit
  • Early Mid-Season Variety
  • Bears A Good Crop Its Second Year
  • Pinkish White Blossoms & Purple Fall Color
  • Thornless Floricane!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Find a spot where your Ouachita Blackberry can luxuriate in full sun. The soil should be well-drained and slightly acidic. Enrich the soil with manure, mulch, compost, you’ll enjoy larger crops. Water once a week during the first year, and after that water when needed.

  • Full Sun
  • Moist, Well-Drained, Organically Enriched Soil
  • Easy To Grow & Disease Resistant
  • Prune After Fruiting
  • Mulch Beds Well
  • 200-300 Chill Hours

Your Ouachita Blackberry plants are just waiting for you to order them, then plant them around your yard and garden. This wonderful variety will give you loads of deliciously juicy berries that you and your family will love! But only if you order yours today from NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

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.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

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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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Ouachita Thornless Blackberry Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rubus 'Ouachita'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Purple
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Floricane
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant No