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Apache Thornless Blackberry
Apache Thornless Blackberry has an erect stature with thornless canes, and it typically has a long ripening period (5 weeks) for a steady, well-sustained harvest. More details below!!

Apache Thornless Blackberry

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Apache Thornless Blackberry
Rubus 'Apache'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone

Special Attributes

As a 1999, University of Arkansas release (US Plant Patent 11,865), Apache is probably best known for producing blackberries that are extraordinarily sweet and large in size. With an average weight of 8g/berry (as heavy as 10g), Apache consistently grows some of the largest fruit you will find among the Arkansas thornless varieties. 

Apache Thronless Blackberry has an erect stature with thornless canes, and it typically has a long ripening period (5 weeks) for a steady, well-sustained harvest. Having among the largest berries in size is not the only attribute for which Apache can claim high honors - it also consistently produces one of the best and heaviest yields (lbs. fruit/bush) among the Arkansas thornless group. And, because it has an upright growth habit and an erect stature, the home gardener should not require a trellis system or fence to support even the heaviest harvest of berries that Apache is known to produce. 

The ripened fruit of Apache has very good post-harvest potential, and with its high Soluble Sugar content (10-11%), Apache finds itself among the sweetest berries in the group. Of course, this makes the big berries a fantastic choice for all kinds of eating options - from simply enjoying them fresh-picked, right out of the garden, to including them in all kinds of desserts, or as a great topping for cereal, yogurt, and ice cream - you simply can't go wrong with Apache!

Apache is a sun-loving, self-pollinating floricane, and is resistant to Double Bloom-Rosette (DB-R) and Orange Rust disease. Make sure to include what is undeniably a variety capable of producing some of the largest blackberries in your garden - you will be glad you did!

Cultural Preferences

Apache will produce the best and most berries when growing in full sun. However, where space is limited, a blackberry cane will produce good crops even when grown in shade, which is something no other common fruit plants will do. Blackberries will grow reasonably well in most soil types except for very compacted clay or light chalky soil. In these soils it'll be worth your time to mix in lots of organic compost to condition the soil and add beneficial nutrients and bacteria plants need to grow healthy. Blackberries grow and produce the best fruit in well-drained but moist fertile soil that is rich in organic matter with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0. They like the soil to hold a good supply of water, especially when the fruits are developing in summer, but not so much water that the soil stays constantly soggy or wet.

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Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Fruit Bush
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Growth Habit / Form:  Semi-erect
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  White
Foliage Color:  Green
Thornless:  Yes
Fruit Color:  Black
Fruit Size:  Very large! (8-9 grams) - up to the size of a quarter!
Fruit Taste: Very sweet, excellent flavor!
Soluble Sugar:  10-12%
Ripening Period:  Early to Mid Season
Chill Hours:  500+
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low

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