Arapaho Erect Thornless Blackberry Plant

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Eager growers, early producers!

These tall, erect canes yield extra-tasty blackberries with exceptionally small seeds. The Arapaho Erect Thornless blackberry plant is an early ripening variety that produces medium to large-sized blackberries early to mid-summer. Enjoy fresh blackberries that ripen over four weeks!

The thornless and upright nature of these plants, coupled with plump berries that have small seeds, make this an excellent choice for backyard gardens and u-pick farms. Wonderfully picked fresh, and ideal for freezing and baking. The firm, glossy berries work wonderfully in tarts and pies.

How to Grow Arapaho Blackberries

Plant Arapaho blackberry plants about 3-4 ft. apart. This is a self-pollinating plant that has spreading potential. New canes come up from the roots to increase productivity. It is necessary to prune blackberries annually for the best crop. At any time of the year, you can prune crossed or dead branches to encourage new growth. In late winter, prune back last year’s fruiting canes.

The blackberry bush will produce fruit on new growth since Arapaho is a summer-bearing floricane. Arapaho blackberry trellises are not required but may provide support and vertical growing potential.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest 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

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.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 8
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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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


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!

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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.

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