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Natchez Thornless Blackberry
The most notable attribute that Natchez possesses is that its yield potential is actually double. More details below!!

Natchez Thornless Blackberry

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Natchez Thornless Blackberry
Rubus 'Natchez'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

A 2007, University of Arkansas release (US Plant Patent 8510), Natchez is the most recent addition to our line of thornless blackberry varieties from the Razorback state. It has been blessed with essentially all of the quality attributes we have come to associate with the Arkansas thornless blackberries. Specifically, Natchez is an early season producer of very large (8-9g) sweet berries, on semi-erect, thornless canes, and is really a great selection for overall quality. 

The most notable attribute that Natchez possesses is that its yield potential is actually double (yes - 2X) that of Arapaho, its sister variety. As a result (along with its more semi-erect growth habit), Natchez may very well benefit from being trellised (or given some type of support), especially as it begins to develop and ripen its heavy loads of fruit in the late spring and early summer. 

Natchez fruit is firm, and with its Soluble Sugar content (9.5-10%), it stores well and has very good post-harvest potential. Besides being sweet, Natchez also has a notably good flavor profile among the thornless blackberry varieties - making it an especially fantastic choice for fresh eating, and/or for use in all sorts of sweet goods and desserts.

Natchez is a sun-loving, self-pollinating floricane, and it has demonstrated truly excellent disease resistance overall (which was one of the main focal points in its development). With Natchez, you will get a cutting-edge blackberry that was bred with the mindset of bringing together all the best attributes of the previously released thornless blackberries into a single variety that does it all!




Cultural Preferences

Natchez Thornless Blackberry will produce the best and most berries when growing in full sun. However, where space is limited, a blackberry plant 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. 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 Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Fruit Bush
Height at Maturity:  4-5'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Growth Habit / Form:  Semi-erect
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Foliage Color:  Green
Thornless:  Yes
Fruit Color:  Black
Fruit Size:  Very large! (8-9 grams)
Fruit Taste: Very sweet, excellent flavor!
Soluble Sugar:  9.5-10%
Ripening Period:  Early to Mid Season
Chill Hours:  400-500
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun is best, Part Shade is tolerated
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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