Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

Black Raspberries

Black raspberries can take some shade.  They prefer rich, well drained soil but still do well in our heavy clay here in Southern Indiana.


‘JEWEL' Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalus): Early season.  A time-tested variety which still holds the main spot in nursery catalogs, and for good reason.  Black glossy berries about twice the size of wild black raspberries, twice the yield, and strong, anthracnose-resistant canes.  Definitely needs trellising or you will wind up with tip-rooted plants everywhere!  Has all the flavor of wild black raspberries—simply delectable!  Canes can grow over 10’ long; best to tip at 5'.  Space 2.5’ apart in row.  Needs well drained soil or a raised bed. Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  


‘MAC BLACK' Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalus): Late season.  Very similar to Jewel; large and copious berries, resistant to anthracnose, but later ripening to extend the black raspberry season by about 2 weeks.  Space 2.5’ apart in row.  Needs well drained soil or raised bed. Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax   

 

Red Raspberries 

Red raspberries need full sun and rich, well drained soil.


‘AUTUMN BLISS' Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus): Early season production, it is an “everbearing” type.  ‘Autumn Bliss’ has somewhat sturdier canes and does not need a trellis.  Plant 1’-2’ apart in row; will fill in row with suckers in a year or two.  All raspberries dislike soggy roots; raised beds are a good strategy for the heavy clay soils in this region. Self fertile.  Full Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

‘CAROLINE' Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus): Very vigorous, one of the best-flavored "everbearing" types: will crop early summer and again in the fall if only the dead (second year) shoots are selectively pruned out every winter. Most market growers (including us) mow down the entire plant every winter, resulting in a heavier crop of high quality berries in the fall only. Has good resistance to root rot diseases, but still needs a raised bed to thrive in our heavy clay.  Tolerant to grey mold. Caroline has shown exceptionally high antioxidant levels compared to other red raspberries.  Plant 1’-2’ apart in row; will fill in row with suckers in a year or two.  Does not need trellising.  Self fertile.  Full Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

‘Joan J' Thornless Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus): Thornless, stout canes produce very large sweet berries.  It is a primocane or "everbearing" type: will crop early summer and again in the fall if only the dead (second year) shoots are selectively pruned out every winter. Most market growers (including us) mow down the entire plant every winter, resulting in a heavier crop of high quality berries in the fall only.  Red raspberries require a raised bed to thrive in our heavy clay.  Plant 1’-2’ apart in row; will fill in row with suckers in a year or two.  Does not need trellising.  Self fertile.  Full Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  


Thornless Blackberries

Blackberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow in our area.  They will take a lot of shade, but like most things produce best in full sun.  They're not too picky about their soil requirements, and tolerate wet soil better than raspberries.


‘NATCHEZ' Thornless Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus): Semi-erect, but best grown on a trellis.  One of the largest fruited blackberries available, good sweetness and small seed size (for a blackberry).  Early season, about 2 weeks earlier than Triple Crown.  Blackberries do well in almost any soil in our region.  Space 3’ apart in row.  Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

‘TRIPLE CROWN' Thornless Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus): Trailing type, needs trellis. Our most productive (per plant) of the sweet thornless types. Large berries, fast growth, smaller seeds.  Blackberries will tip root and give you many more plants if you fail to tie them to the trellis.  Canes can grow 10’ or more but best to tip them at 4'-7'.  Blooms very late so avoids the occasional freezes that can hurt the blossoms of earlier blackberries.  Blackberries do well in almost any soil in our region.  Mid to late-season ripening.  Space 5’ apart in row.  Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

Ribes species   

These plants are all star performers for berry production in less-than ideal fruit conditions.   Many nurseries tout them to produce berries even in full shade; however we have found that they produce very little fruit in full shade; thus we recommend giving them at least half-day’s sun if you want some berries.  Currants and Jostaberry are wonderful edible landscaping plants since they have no thorns.  They have Viburnum-like leaves and pretty little flowers in the spring.   Even the berries are beautiful hanging off the plants until you or neighborhood kids eat them!   

 

Gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa):

Thorny bushes naturally deter deer; the refreshing, sweet-tart, crispy berries are definitely worth dealing with thorns!   These are the most productive berries in our gardens per square-foot of space and time invested in managing them.   We only offer varieties that are very sweet when ripe and have not shown powdery-mildew on their foliage.   Bushes are thorny and reach 5’x5’ if left unpruned.   Pruning can easily keep them 3’x3’. Self fertile.   Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12; 2-gallon* pots $22 +tax

 

‘BLACK VELVET' Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa): This variety shows very strong upright growth with extra stout thorns!  The berries are medium-sized (dime), very dark purple when ripe and have an excellent complex of flavors, including hints of blueberry.  Seems less drought-hardy than Pink Round, and prefers better soil conditions.  Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘CANDYSWEET' Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa): We got the parent plant from a friend who called it 'Catherine,' but the fruit doesn't match up to that variety's description.  We are very impressed with it's flavor--we decided to call it 'Candysweet'.  It is a prolific bearer of dime-sized, super sweet reddish round fruits.  Showing similar drought-hardiness and adaptability as Pink Round.  Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: 2" plugs $3; Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  


‘PINK ROUND' Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa): Likely ‘Poorman’ or ’Pixwell’ but also not known for sure; we got a start from a friend's bush.  As with ‘Red Oblong’, fruit hangs well under the canes for easy harvest.  Our most prolific bearing gooseberry, fruits are round, only slightly smaller than ‘Red Oblong’ (nickel-sized) and blush a bright pink peachy color when ripe.  A little tart but still very sweet and delicious eaten fresh.  Resists drought and weeds better than any other we've seen.  Self-fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: 2" plugs $3; Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax   

 

‘RED OBLONG' Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa): Likely the variety ‘Hinnomaki Red‘, though we don‘t know the identity for sure.  Trouble-free plant, fruit hangs well under the thorny canes so harvest is easier than some gooseberries.  Prolific bearer of oblong, almost quarter-sized fruits turning from sour green to deep plum color when they are sublimely sweet-tart.  Flavor has been compared to plums.  Not quite as drought-hardy or weed-tolerant as Pink Round, nor quite as productive. Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘SABINE' Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa): Vigorous, disease resistant plants with fewer thorns.  Medium-sized, good-tasting red berries. Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK


 

Currants:


Red Currant (Ribes rubrum): Unknown variety, given to us by a friend, probably ‘Red Lake’ or ‘Cherry Red’.  We have found red currants to be slightly less vigorous than black currants or jostaberries.  They seem to have a little more trouble coping with the hot summer temperatures in our area, a good reason to give them some afternoon shade.  They are pretty little plants when the red berries are ripe, like strings of ruby pearls cascading down from everywhere on the plant.  Berries are very tart, with a mild fruity flavor and nearly no sweetness—great for edible garnishes, baked goods and jellies.  Plants are much shorter (3’ tall) than black currants.  Can take some shade.  Space 2’-3’ apart in row. Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

Black Currant (Ribes nigrum): Unknown variety, given to us by a friend.  Black currants are taller than red currants (to 5’) and produce deep purple-black fruits in clusters.  The berries have a very strong flavor; heavy and musky with a slight astringency.  Not as sweet as other Ribes, but are great for flavoring drinks and making jelly.  Full of antioxidants and minerals.  Can take more shade than gooseberries.  Very adaptable plants--have withstood many droughts without any watering and don't even blink at soggy conditions.  Space 3’-5’ apart in row. Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  


Jostaberries: 


Jostaberry : A complex cross between gooseberry and European black currant.  The resulting tetraploid (simply has two sets of genes—don’t worry, this is not GMO) plant is incredibly vigorous growing and taller (to 7’) than either of its parents.  I consider Jostaberry as one of the best edible landscape plants — has fragrant cream/maroon flowers all over in spring and leaves stay glossy and green all summer.  Best of all, it is thornless!  Berries about the size of a marble, sweet/tart like a ripe gooseberry with a hint of blackcurrant flavor.  Can take more shade than gooseberries.  Space 3’-5’ apart in row. Self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax  


American Elderberries (Sambucus canadensis):


‘BOB GORDON' American Elderberry : Newer improved variety, very similar to 'Wyldewood.'  High Yields and superior fruit quality.  Elderberries are nutritional and medicinal powerhouses, having both antibacterial and antiviral properties, immune boosting properties, and loads of vitamin C.  Needs another American Elderberry for pollination, such as 'Wyldewood.'  Prefers full sun but can take some shade.  Flexible on soil requirements but thrives in moist, fertile soils.  Height and width about 8'.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

WILD American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis):  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  

 

‘WYLDEWOOD' American Elderberry : Newer improved variety.  High Yields and superior fruit quality.  Elderberries are nutritional and medicinal powerhouses, having both antibacterial and antiviral properties, immune boosting properties, and loads of vitamin C.  Needs another American Elderberry for pollination, such as 'Bob Gordon.'  Prefers full sun but can take some shade.  Flexible on soil requirements but thrives in moist, fertile soils.  Height and width about 8'.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  



Honeyberries:


‘Borealis' Haskap Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea):  Part Afternoon Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax  

‘Pollinizer' Haskap Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea):  Part Afternoon Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax   

‘Tundra' Haskap Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea):  Part Afternoon Shade.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax  


Northern Highbush Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum):

Blueberries can be a challenge in our region's heavy clay soils, though these soils are generally on the acidic side which blueberries need.  They will thrive with good site preparation and continued mulching; naturally acidic pine bark or pine needles are best, but hardwood chips/bark and sawdust will do.  Ideally, plant in slightly raised beds and amend the soil with generous peat moss, pine bark and alfalfa meal (or other nitrogen source); finishing with a good thick layer of pine bark mulch or pine needles.  Apart from their pickiness regarding soil conditions, blueberries are one of the best choices for practical edible landscaping; once established, they are a beautiful low maintenance bush with good fall color.  You may be fighting the birds for them, but if you plant them in front of a window you can at least think of them as a pretty bird feeder :)  Bird netting is an effective deterrent but you may still have chipmunks steal your fruit by scooting under the nets.  Our blueberries need at least 2 varieties for pollination.

‘Earliblue' Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): early season.  One of the earliest varieties.  Med-large fruit.  Self-pollinating but produces better with another variety as a pollinator.  4-6' tall.  Zones 5-7  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax  

 

‘Patriot' Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): early season.  Very large berries gradually decrease in size over a long harvest window.  Good storage qualities in the fridge.  Slower growing but still productive.  More tolerant of heavy soil than other varieties.  4-5' tall. Zones 3a-7  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax  

 

‘Bluray' Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): mid-season.  Large, sweet berries.  4-6' tall.  Zones 4-8  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax  

 

‘Bluecrop' Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): mid-season.  One of the most widely planted commercial varieties.  Medium to large berries are firm with good flavor and can be machine harvested.  Very good disease resistance.  4-6' tall.  Zones 4-7  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax  

 

‘Berkley' Northern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum): mid-late season.  Very large, firm, mild tasting berries.  4-6' tall.  Zones 4-7  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6 +tax  


Strawberries (Fragaria vesca):

We have had good luck using strawberries as a ground cover in landscaping beds with large shrubs and trees but they can be a little tall and overwhelming for other plants.  See our Edible Landscaping page for Alpine Strawberries and Wild Strawberries which are more practical as a low-care, attractive bedding plant.  If you are putting in a large strawberry planting we encourage you to purchase bareroot bundles mail order from another nursery--they are much more affordable for filling a big area quickly.  We specialize in potted nursery stock that can be planted out at any time of the year, and price our plants based on pot size.  This means that our prices are super cheap for certain harder to find plants such as hardy kiwi, but expensive for something like a strawberry.  However, we frequently get requests for potted strawberry plants from customers who are putting in their plantings after the window of opportunity has passed for planting bare-root stock, or just want a few to get started with.  We keep a limited number of strawberries available in Quart pots for $6; gallon* pots (multiple plants per pot) for $12.

‘MIGNONETTE' Strawberry, Alpine (Fragaria vesca): This French delicacy is a lovely bedding plant in addition to its super sweet and unique flavored berries. Fruits are often up to 1" long in the spring when the plants put on their heaviest crop, and they continue to produce throughout the summer, although fruits will be smaller and less abundant in hot dry conditions. Unlike conventional ever-bearing strawberries, alpine strawberries do not send out runners, but slowly clump out from the base of the plant, and they remain attractive throughout the summer, making them more practical for landscape beds.  They will often self-seed new plants nearby that you can use to expand your planting.  Full Sun to Full Shade.  Size & Price: 2" plugs $3; Quart pots $6 +tax  


‘PINEAPPLE' Yellow Strawberry, Alpine (Fragaria vesca): Similar in most aspects to 'Mignonette,' but produces light yellow berries with a delightful pineapple-tinged flavor.  Full Sun to Full Shade.  Size & Price: 2" plugs $3; Quart pots $6 +tax   

 

‘AllStar' Strawberry, standard (Fragaria vesca): mid-season.  The light red/orange color when ripe takes a little getting used to when picking 'Allstar', but the flavor and performance is well worth it!  I find the flavor of these berries just sublime, and they are firm when ripe so they don't "mush" in the boxes as much as others.  Very large berry size.  Resistant to most major strawberry diseases.  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘EARLIGLOW' Strawberry, standard (Fragaria vesca): early season.  A truly time-tested variety, Earliglow is still the earliest-ripening strawberry and has some of the best flavor of all commercial varieties.  Beautiful red color and shiny skin.  It is resistant to most of the common diseases affecting strawberries.  It's only downside is that the berries drop in size towards the later half of the season.  Full Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘JEWEL' Strawberry, standard (Fragaria vesca): late season.  Jewel remains a favorite late variety with many commercial growers and backyard growers alike.  It holds consistent size over the season, has beautiful red color, excellent flavor, and is resistant to many of the common strawberry diseases.  Larger berries than 'Earliglow'.  Full Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘Seascape' Strawberry, standard (Fragaria vesca): day-neutral everbearing type.  Seascape is a wonderful day-neutral/everbearing type that boasts large berry size and incredible flavor.  Most plants have an exceptionally perfect-shaped "king berry" which is the first berry of the season.  Day-neutral strawberries continue to produce berries from spring through fall so you can continue snacking on your own ripe "out of season" strawberries!  None of the day-neutral strawberries are as productive as the spring-bearing types, so think of them as more of a snack or supplement to other berries throughout the season.  Or devote a large area to growing them if you want marketable quantities through the summer and fall.  Full to Part Sun.  Size & Price: Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax  OUT OF STOCK

 

‘Virginia-native Strawberry, Wild (Fragaria virginiana): This is a delightful, shade-tolerant, extra low-growing strawberry that readily fills the role of quick-growing groundcover in landscape beds.  It will weave around and through taller elements in your beds and cover the soil to prevent weeds from coming up.  Less susceptible to "overcrowding" die-out that commercial strawberries have after 5 or 6 years.  Pretty white flowers cover the mat of leaves in the spring, and are followed by delicious little red berries with a unique "waffled" texture.  Not as small as you might think, about the size of a nickel.  Self-fertile.  Full Sun to Full Shade.  Size & Price: 2" plugs $3; Quart pots $6 +tax  


We do not ship plants. To reserve plants please either call us at 812-723-5259 or email us, and schedule an appointment to pick them up. We can also  DELIVER   for a fee  to our general region.                  

*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.  There are a limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.