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Arapaho Blackberry Shrub
Self-supporting shrub -- no tying!

Arapaho Blackberry Shrub

Pack of 3
Item # 49821-PK-3
$19.95
Buy 3+ at $16.95 ea
Item is sold out.

The Earliest and Most Delicious!

Thornless and so generous with fruit!
Plant Patent 8,510.

Arapaho beats all other blackberries to harvest, and you reap the delicious rewards! Its extra-large, very firm, small-seeded fruit begins to ripen in late May, so before spring is out you are already harvesting the delectable berries. You just can't beat it for getting canning (or fresh eating!) season off to a roaring start!

This is a thornless blackberry, making picking the berries painless, and the fruit is quite firm, so you don't have to be ultra-gentle to harvest it (a big advantage for children and busy gardeners!). The fruit arises on self-supporting plants that attach by suckering and always turn out a bumper crop.

Reaching 4 to 5 feet high and 4 to 7 feet wide, this shrub quickly establishes in the sunny garden, setting white flowers in mid-spring, quickly followed by extra-large, very firm, red to black fruits. You will absolutely thrill to the flavor of these delicious berries!

Arapaho offers another season of beauty beyond the fruit. In autumn, the leaves of this shrub turn rich shades of burgundy before dropping. Lovely! You will love this ultra-reliable, attractive, super-early blackberry! Zones 5-7.

Genus Rubus
Species x
Variety 'Arapaho Thornless'
PPAF 8,510
Item Form Pack of 3
Zone 5 - 7
Bloom Season Mid Spring
Habit Upright
Plant Height 4 ft - 5 ft
Plant Width 4 ft - 7 ft
Additional Characteristics Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Free Bloomer
Bloom Color Light Pink, White
Foliage Color Burgundy, Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Sandy
Uses Border, Cuisine, Fall Color, Hedge
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.