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Rubus fruticosus Chester Thornless

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Rubus fruticosus Chester Thornless Thornless Blackberry,

Native: Foliage Type:
No Deciduous

Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Citrus & Fruit, Climbers, Hedging / Screening, Shrubs Climbing / Twining, Spreading, Upright

The perfect blackberry for the home garden, Chester is a thornless variety that produces an abundance of large sweet blackberries. The fruit is ready for harvest during mid summer when it has turned from red to completely black, the fruit can be eaten fresh or used in cooking or preserving. This variety can also be grown in a pot.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
1-2m 60cm-1m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Edible Garden, Feature, Formal Garden, Hedging / Screening, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Borers, Botrytis

Cultural Notes: You will get best results when planted in full sun. Fruit is produced on one year old wood, once fruit is harvested prune those canes to the ground. New shoots will appear in spring and you can prune these to keep the bush to a manageable size of about 5-6 canes. A support structure will aid in plant support and shape. Apply a mulch of mushroom compost or rotted manure and straw at the end of winter and add a organic slow release fertiliser. Information & Images courtesy of Touch of Class Plants

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods, Liquid feed, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Rosaceae NorthAmerica

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Pink, White
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Spring
Fruit: Yes

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance Level: High
Water Usage: High, Medium / Moderate
Drought: Medium / Moderate
Frost: Moderate
Wind: Medium / Moderate