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Arapaho Erect Thornless Blackberry

Item #12993. Ships in a 1 Gallon Small Stark® Container.


Eager growers, early producers. These tall, erect canes yield extra-tasty blackberries with exceptionally small seeds. New canes come up from the roots to increase productivity. Summer-bearing floricane. Early to mid-season. Ripens in mid June. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 6 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 5' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 3 - 4' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow blackberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Because I will use this to fill in a blackberry bush that has been successful for the last 3 years. I can't wait, the grandkids will love them.
KATHERINE T on May 16, 2016
I like blackberries and they are too expensive in the store.
James S on May 3, 2016
Because I will use this to fill in a blackberry bush that has been successful for the last 3 years. I can't wait, the grandkids will love them.
KATHERINE T on May 16, 2016
Have these at home. Good cultivar
RONALD P on May 7, 2016
I like blackberries and they are too expensive in the store.
James S on May 3, 2016
Roberto V on Apr 27, 2016
Looked the right size we have used before.
Karen H on Apr 24, 2016
Love fresh blackberries but HATE the thorns . . .
Matt H on Apr 24, 2016
Me and the bears love blackberries
Jerald B on Apr 8, 2016
Wanted thornless blackberries! I have wild blackberries with thorns and they are very good but I feel as if I have been in battle after I have harvested them!
Lois W on Apr 4, 2016
This variety was recommended by my state's extension service for its self-supporting canes, lack of thorns, and small seeds which make it more pleasant to eat.
Melissa W on Mar 28, 2016
I got two of these by mistake sixteen years ago and they are still producing. I love that they have no thorns and stay really erect.
Stacy H on Mar 8, 2016
These berries will help us teach our daughters stewardship for the Earth and show them how the fruit they enjoy grows. We chose thornless varieties because we plan on involving young children. We chose the multiple plant pack to increase our chances of success.
William T on Mar 7, 2016
Ripe date and thornless and productivity
Danny P on Feb 29, 2016
they are erect and thornless and advertised to have small seeds, all points which appealed to me - I love blackberries, but hate the seeds!
Bridget M on Feb 27, 2016
Have these at home. Good cultivar
RONALD P on May 7, 2016
Roberto V on Apr 27, 2016
Will these plants come with leaves on them?
Brett on Feb 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes and have remained to date
My Arapaho blackberries don't seem very erect! These are new plants this spring. They are growing well and are already starting to produce berries. But all the growth is horizontal. Is it because this is their first year?
J O on Jul 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine did so as well the first year and they produced a few berries that first year.. This is the second year for them and they all developed tall canes that hung over when the wind got to them but I trained them along a fence and loosely tied them .. They are already entwining the fence.. I imagine, in time, they will take over the fence.. I fed them in the spring with some general fertilizer but I have not used and insecticides on them. The berries are large, as depicted on the Stark site. I made a mistake and ordered another variety that has thorns- forgotten the name.. They are not doing do well- one has died off, perhaps from disease. No problem, I will let these Arapaho take its place. I have found them to be very robust plants.
does this blackberry spread?
Laura on Jun 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Laura, Second year canes from 4 bushes planted last year are very spindly. New erect primo canes with their laterals will be held within alloted space for next year's berries. Note: I did have numerous new erect canes spread underground and come up in undesirable locations. Merely pulled up. Great berry.
Which black berries grow in Montana the best?
Scott on Aug 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: THe Arapaho did fine where I live in Idaho.. But the winters in Montana are harder fross line about 18" deep .the 1st winter I kept them cover in wood chips.

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Arapaho Erect Thornless Black Berries
My Arapaho Erect Thornless Black Berries are in their 3rd season. OMG, the berries they are producing. Large and Sweet. Second year was good, but this 3rd season has been fantastic! Thanks Stark Bros for your quality product.
June 3, 2016
They are great... Hardy and loaded with berries this year which is their first season after being planted last year
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
Arapaho Black berries
I have had these berries before, that's the reason I reordered them. They are a little slow to start producing but well worth the wait. The berries are very large and super sweet. Two in the mouth, one in the pail.
May 19, 2016
over 2 years ago
The plants are healthy and prolific. They rooted quickly and grew fast in the Texas Gulf Coast heat. The look well suited for the zone. We had a mild winter and the plants only needed a light pruning. After one year, the plants are loaded with blackberries. They get morning sun through about 2pm and then shade. Haven't tried the fruit yet although the fruit is ripening. This is clearly a winner.
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
Bought these in 2015, doing great in 2016
I bought some these Arapaho Erect Thornless Blackberry bushes in 2015 and built a blackberry bed in my yard. I was impressed with the packaging and quick delivery and they are thriving and doing well in 2016. Looking like I will have a decent yield this year.
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
many blooms and berries setting on this year
This has been a great product as all Stark Bro are. My neighbor has this product and I have picked goobs of berries several years, until I finally decided to plant three plants myself. Excellent product.
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
This is our second spring for these new berry plants which started out as tiny sticks in the ground and they are heavy laden with fruit. Strong canes multiplying profusely and growing to 8' high and 3' around or more. Berries are large, plump, very little seeds and super sweet. So glad I replaced all those horrible thorny skimpy California wild berries on the property. Awesome!
May 19, 2016
1 year ago
Arapaho Erect
I have bought these three different times. The first two orders were great. The last time I received the plant was disappointing. The plants looked very unhealthy. I planted them and two of the plants may not survive. Not very pleased with the six plants I received
February 18, 2016
1 year ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your input. I'm sorry to hear the latest order was not to your expectation. If you need to request a replacement under our warranty, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180.
February 22, 2016
Brenda HStaff
Great Blackberries
I am on my second year with these blackberries and they are producing phenomenally. I had an initial problem with my soil nutrients but figured it out quickly and will babe picking nice sized blackberries by the bucketfull. It is also going to be fun for the kids because the are thornless.
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
Thornless blackberries
Planted for about 1 year now. They bloomed and have berries on them. Can't wait for them to ripen.
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
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