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Grow your own Loganberry Plant

by Stark Bro's on 03/20/2012
Loganberry Ripening on the Plant

It’s a Blackberry! It’s a Raspberry! It’s – a Loganberry?

What is a Loganberry?

The loganberry plant is trailing like a blackberry, looks and picks like a raspberry, and its fruit has a flavor that is truly a marriage of the two.

In the late 1880s, in Santa Cruz, California, in the yard of horticulturalist James Harvey Logan, an accidental discovery was made: Logan attempted to create a new, better, cultivar of blackberry by crossing two different varieties, so he planted many cross-pollinated seeds from his berry patch.

Much to his surprise, he also ended up with a hybrid cross between his Red Antwerp raspberry and Aughinburgh blackberry. Logan discovered this was a new blackberry-raspberry hybrid* when one of the many seedlings from his plantings displayed its own unique characteristics as a plant as well as in its fruit.

*later called Loganberry, named for James Harvey Logan

Loganberry Characteristics:

  • Plant is incredibly trailing; its strong canes will grow vine-like along the ground
  • Fruit forms/ripens inconsistently (ripe fruit and unripe fruit on the plant at once)
  • Ripeness is determined by deep red-purple color; fruit does not separate from core even when ripe
  • Fruit ripens early (extends berry-harvest if you are growing blackberry plants & raspberry plants)

In your yard, you will be able to enjoy a bounty of loganberries between mid- to late-summer. Loganberry fruit seeds are smaller than those of both its blackberry and raspberry parents and are soft and not very numerous. Berry usage proves to be very versatile — great for fresh-eating, jam, juice, pies, salads, syrup, wine, etc. Loganberries may be used in any recipe that calls for blackberries or raspberries.

Loganberries store well for a few days in refrigeration and can also be frozen for longer keeping. Kids love eating them! And with their culinary versatility, “too many berries” will never be an issue, but dyed fingers and face-staining may be unavoidable. ;)

Loganberry Plant Facts:

  • Loganberry plant canes are very trailing, so support or trellising is highly recommended
  • Thorned loganberry plants have spines like a raspberry, not flat spikes like a blackberry
  • Thornless loganberry plant was discovered as a thornless sport from thorned parent plant (1933)
  • Loganberry plant demonstrates “hybrid vigor” — outperforms its parent plants in vigor and fruiting
  • To manage your loganberry plant, follow our pruning instructions (under Care & Maintenance)

Loganberry Jumbo-6 Pack from Stark Bro's  Ripe Loganberries

Topics → Planting & Growing

8 Comments

  1. Tyler permalink

    Can loganberries and black raspberries be planted together? Thanks for your time.

    • Good question, Tyler! Since the loganberry is a hybrid of both its blackberry and raspberry parents, it more than likely has the same chance at being on the receiving end of disease spread by black raspberries.

      Blackberries and raspberries are not directly susceptible to disease from contact with aphids. Black raspberries are more susceptible and, once they become infected, they may transfer disease over to their blackberry and raspberry neighbors.

      To err on the side of caution, we recommend maintaining the 75-100 ft distance between black raspberries and any blackberries, purple, red, yellow raspberries, and loganberries as well. :)

  2. Edmund Maslowski permalink

    I want to buy some peach Trees and pear trees for my Arizona home. The Summer Temperature is extreme at 110 – 118 degrees. There is also Full sun every day.
    Is it too hot to grow the trees here in the Low Desert and will they burn up from the extreme Sun. I know that Babcock or AugustPride Peaches do well but you do not sell these. Is there a comparable Peach tree variety that you could recommend ?

    • Edmund, we carry two peach trees that are known for being heat-tolerant: The Burbank™ July Elberta Peach tree’s fruit ripens in early August, even after a hot summer. These were productive here in Missouri this year (temps regularly in the triple digits), despite the drought. The same goes for the Desertgold Peach tree, which is probably our most heat-tolerant peach tree. If you have a “low-chill” orchard, this would be the tree for you.

  3. Galen Focht permalink

    Do the loganberry plants grow well in Central Pennsylvania ?

    • Loganberries are hybrids of raspberries and blackberries, so if either of these types of brambles grow well for you, your neighbors, or anyone else around you, then chances are good that loganberries will grow well for you, too!

      If you enter your zip code where it asks for one on our Loganberry Plants page, a check-mark will appear if loganberry plants are recommended for your hardiness zone. Elevation and micro-climates can affect the success of certain plants and trees, but loganberries are worth giving a try if they are suitable for your zone!

      I am borderline “too cold” to grow loganberries here in Missouri (zone 5b/6a — loganberry plants are recommended for zones 6-10), but my plants have been vigorous and productive! We’ve also had relatively mild winters, lately, so I’m not certain how long my loganberry-luck will last. ;)

  4. Oleg permalink

    Do you have to cover loganberry vines during winter, especially when no snow falls on ground (happened last few winters in SE Michigan)

    • One of the ladies here at the nursery who has been growing loganberry plants for years recommends leaving the canes longer through winter so that you can lean them over, cover them with straw (repels rather than absorbs water, avoiding mold issues), and then uncover and prune them when the weather warms again in spring – but before bud-break.

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