The Arapaho Blackberry plants is a fruit shrub, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces. It’s is an erect, early-ripening, thornless shrub that produces large red and black fruit. The berries are firm and tasty with small seeds — good for making jams and syrups. And there’s no need for a trellis, as this plant is self-supporting. The arapaho blackberry can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. It grows to a height of 4–6′ and a spread of around 4′ at maturity. Growth Rate
This shrub grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12″ to 24″ per year.
Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
The Arapaho blackberry grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, silty loam and well-drained soils.
Yields ripe fruit typically in early to mid-June. It ripens the earliest of all thornless blackberries.
Bears fruit on 2-year-old canes.
Is self-fertile, meaning it does not require another type of blackberry for pollination.
Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 400–500. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
Produces large, glossy red and black berries with small seeds–great for jams and syrups.
Is a self-supporting plant, requiring no trellis.
Grows in a rounded shape.
Requires acidic soil.
The shrub provides nutrition for bees in early summer. Birds and other animals enjoy the berries.