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Description

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.

Characteristics

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 its thornless and does not require any support.
Joshua C on Mar 7, 2017
Good reviews, erect, thornless.
KATHRYN S on Jan 17, 2017
Because its thornless and does not require any support.
Joshua C on Mar 7, 2017
These were fantastic! Large and delicious. Could not believe how many quarts a day I was picking.
KAREN J on Jan 30, 2017
Good reviews, erect, thornless.
KATHRYN S on Jan 17, 2017
Plants grow well and fast. Berries are large and delicious. Plus no thorns.
Christy J on Jan 10, 2017
Thornless, extra sweet, regrows
Mike S on Jan 3, 2017
North Carolina extension service recommended this variety for our area.
Kurt L on Dec 10, 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
Thornless
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
These were fantastic! Large and delicious. Could not believe how many quarts a day I was picking.
KAREN J on Jan 30, 2017
Plants grow well and fast. Berries are large and delicious. Plus no thorns.
Christy J on Jan 10, 2017
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.
Will these plants come with leaves on them?
Brett on Feb 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes and have remained to date
does this blackberry spread?
Laura on Jun 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted these in 2015. Each plant now has 2 or 3 new canes close to
the original cane.
Has anyone made jam with these?
Kelly H on May 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we have made jam. It turned out well. When these plants get established (couple of years) they produce a lot of berries.
why would Arapaho Blackberries taste tart instead of sweet?
David W on Jun 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I know from past experience that they may need a couple more days on the plant
What is the difference in the leaves of Apache and Arapaho blackberries?
Carol R on Jun 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Apache leaves are a lighter shade of green than Arapaho, and are less glossy look. Apache leaves are also a big larger and rounder, versus the more oval shape of Arapaho leaves.
what does each bush yield on average?
James R on May 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: About 2 lb. per bush if you use plastic mulch. Pine bark will get you about 1.5. lb. per bush. Of course, the yield will always depend on soil quality, available nutrients sunlight, rainfall, etc.
Will this plant yield berries the same year I plant it?
Kevin M on Mar 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You might get a few berries, but it's better to pinch off the first year's flowers to "save up" for a better crop in year 2.
What is a cell pack?
Wanda S on Jan 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Cell Packs are small potted plant starts (either 3 or 6 to an order) that are roughly 4-6" tall.
what is the advantage of purchasing the blackberry plants in gallon container over cell packs?
Forrest M on Dec 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! The larger, older plants will have a more established root system and give you a "head start" on berry season.
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 there.my fross line about 18" deep .the 1st winter I kept them cover in wood chips.

Customer Reviews

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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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
OMG THESE ARE DELICIOUS!
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
Purchased
over 2 years 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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Excellent BlackBerry stock.
Last year I ordered six of the Arapahoe blackberry plants. They arrived 6 inches tall, absolutely beautiful and green. Whereas right now my plants are waist high , loaded with berries and have runners 3 to 4 feet long. I strongly recommend Stark Brothers for your choice of stock. I have tryed the big box stores and another nursery. No comparison. Pick your choice of variety according to your zone. I live in the heart of dixie, Alabama.
Happy Gardens
Doug
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Yummy!
This crop of blackberries are very tasty. Large, dark purple/black. It's semi erect, but I have a cage around it to help. Right now it's about 4' tall. Very happy with this purchase.
May 21, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years 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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Arapaho
Good. Vigorous here in NE Georgia. Berries large and sweet enough if you leave them on a few days after they turn black. My little grandchildren really like them! Erect yes, but they are too sprawling so I have a 2 wire trellis that I occasionally tie the canes to. Makes picking, mulching easier. I pinch the tips out after they get about 3-4 feet high which encourages many new branches that bear fruit.
August 4, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years 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
Purchased
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
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