Triple Crown: Semi-erect, but best grown on a 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. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12; 2-gallon* pots $22 +tax
Jewel: 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. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12; 2-gallon* pots $22 +tax
MacBlack: 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. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 ; 2-gallon* pots $22 +tax
Caroline: 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. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12
Autumn Bliss: 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. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12
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!
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
Red Oblong: 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. Not Available 2016
Pink Round: 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.
Black Velvet: 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. NOT AVAILABLE 2016
Candysweet: 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.
Sabine: Vigorous, disease resistant plants with fewer thorns. Medium-sized, good-tasting red berries. Self fertile. NOT AVAILABLE 2016
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. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 +tax Limited Availability 2016
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. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12 ; 2-gallon* pots $22 +tax
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. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12; 2-gallon* pots $22 +tax
Bob Gordon: 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'. Quart pots $6; gallon* pots $12; 2-gallon* pots $22 +tax
*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.