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.
*6 Week Harvest
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Rubus caesius 'Austin'|
|Mature Height||3 feet|
|Mature Spread||3-4 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|