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Ornamental Blackberry.


By Marge

West Yorkshire., United Kingdom Gb

I have seen today an ornamental blackberry. Its owner could not remember its variety, Ornamental Blackberry she could tell me.

I have tried googleing it, I have come up with Rubus Cockburniasus. It was only a small picture that I saw, but from the shape and style of the bush, it could be it.

Does any one have any information re: growing it? buying it etc.

On plant Rubus cockburnianus



Rubus cockburnianus is most distinctive in the winter when you can see the whitish stems on the plant - did you notice what the stems are like?

I've seen it planted near lakes but I think that was because the stems contrasted with nearby Cornus plants rather than because it needs those conditions. I've no personal experience of growing it but this article may help.

Also try the RHS plant finder on the same site for finding it in your area - I wonder if Harlow Carr sell it? I suspect it will be most likely to be in stock in garden centres in winter.

2 Jul, 2009


Thanks elleme for the information, will check it out.

2 Jul, 2009


You got me thinking...the only ornamental one I could think of with edible fruit is parsley leafed Oregon thornless. The one you want has inedible fruit- but nicely ornamental nonetheless!

8 Aug, 2009


thank you Legion for your suggestion, will check it out.

10 Aug, 2009

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