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Rubus 'Black Butte' | Blackberry Plant

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Exceptionally large fruit-size

'Black Butte' is considered the world's largest blackberry. This huge, sweet berry reaches one inch in diameter and two inches long and up to 12g in weight each! This makes the Black Butte Blackberry nearly twice the size of other blackberries.An ideal Mother Lode variety for the home gardener, this attractive trailing blackberry boasts extremely large, well formed fruit that is firm but juicy. Berries are produced early season and for an extended period for fresh right-off-the-plant flavor anytime.

This blackberry is extremely hardy and will tolerate most soils and condition so is an ideal plant if you want a good crop of fruit each year without having to put much effort in. The fruit are ideal for use in jams, pies and of course blackberry crumbles. Also, for those on a diet, they’re a great addition to smoothies and are packed full of vitamin c.

Variety Information

  • Harvesting Period: Summer
  • Estimated Time to Best Yields: 2 Years
  • Uses: Eating Fresh, Jam-Making, Cooking
  • Supplied As: 3L Pot
  • Height on Arrival: 20cm (8 Inches)
  • Planting Distance: 1-2.5m
  • Eventual Height & Spread: 2m x 2m (6.5 x 6.5ft)
It is important to water your newly-planted raspberries or blackberries on a frequent basis (at least bimonthly for two months). You should also ensure adequate spacing (40 - 60cm) between each bush.

    • With bare root plants, you should soak their roots in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with potted plants, you should drench their rootball.
    • If you are planting a bare root plant, dig a hole so that their first roots are no more than 2 inches below the ground.
    • If you are planting a containerised plant, make sure that the pot sits no lower than an inch below the ground.
    Please see below for our planting guidance:

  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Once you are happy with your efforts, provide your plant with a good watering.
  • Add mulch on top (whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones). Try to keep the mulch from touching the stem.
  • Blackberry and raspberry bushes are wonderful for the beginner grower. Below we address some common query topics:

    • Hardiness: Native to the UK, your blackberry or raspberry plant is well accustomed to the milder climate.
    • Position: Planting in full sun is always recommended, however they still tolerate light shade.
    • Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your plant’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing its roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease.
    More Information
    Is Collection/Mix? No
    Needs Ericaceous Compost? No