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One of the first producers of the season. This semi-erect, thornless variety produces large, sweet berries each year. Fruit stores well for extended enjoyment. Summer-bearing floricane. Early season. Ripens in early June. Self-pollinating. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #20891 or other patents. (A-2241 cultivar.)


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early 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
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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 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.


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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
After a little research, I concluded that this thornless, semi-erect variety would produce the tastiest berries. Quality over quantity!
DOUGLAS E on Apr 1, 2020
Who doesn???t want their own blackberry bush? Works well with my zone and fruit description looks delicious.
Rachael M on Mar 18, 2020
After a little research, I concluded that this thornless, semi-erect variety would produce the tastiest berries. Quality over quantity!
DOUGLAS E on Apr 1, 2020
Michael K on Mar 22, 2020
Who doesn???t want their own blackberry bush? Works well with my zone and fruit description looks delicious.
Rachael M on Mar 18, 2020
I've never grown a blackberry before, so I'm giving this one a try!
Susan M on Mar 7, 2020
love blackberrys
LARRY A on Feb 19, 2020
Blackberries are delicious and I have good places to put new bushes in
Matthew H on Jan 26, 2020
Craig M on Jan 17, 2020
Best reveiws and what i was looking for
Jason N on Sep 28, 2019
Prior planting has been very successful. Expanding Patch.
LOYAL on Aug 22, 2019
southern early variety and thornless
John W on Apr 17, 2019
Early berries have less bugs. Natchez is a great berry for Missouri climates.
Cyndi on Mar 25, 2019
A friend of mine grows them commercially and recommended this variety for upstate SC.
Matt B on Feb 1, 2019
I chose this plant because of its mature size. I also like that it is thornless.
Cynthia H on Jan 16, 2019
Recommended cultivar for MO by MU extension
Danny M on Jan 15, 2019
Lots of positive ratings, and I LOVE blackberries!
Jacob P on Nov 28, 2018
Low chill, growing zone
Terrence T on Oct 26, 2018
Betty S on Oct 21, 2018
Looking for berry plants the kids can pick.
GLEN M on Sep 4, 2018
My son is a horticulturist and he and his wife wanted two kinds of blackberry plants for Christmas. These and the Arapaho. They enjoy growing all kinds of fruits and vegetables on their property.
Delores N on Dec 7, 2017
Beautiful large sweet berries during times of water stress while other blackberries had little flavor during same production period. Natchez was best performer from major berry grower in terms of fruit quality and flavor during water stress periods,
Scott B on Mar 30, 2017
Fresh eating, canning, juice and wine making and pie baking
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
Neil Sperry recommends this variety
Cassie A on Nov 6, 2016
i have these blackberry plants now, and they do well, so i wanted to plant a few more.
LARRY M C on Oct 15, 2016
These are being sent out to my MOM and DAD..
They love Berries and now they will have THEIR very own... Thank you very much for the SUPER friendly service and quick delivery...
PAUL I on May 26, 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
Michael K on Mar 22, 2020
I've never grown a blackberry before, so I'm giving this one a try!
Susan M on Mar 7, 2020
Will my Natchez thornless blackberry bush produce fruit the first year?
Cori J on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: as other blackberry plants, natchez will not produce fruit on first year cane, but on second year cane. i hope this helps. larry.
what is the difference between size of jumbo, 3-cell plants and 1 gallon plant?
Walter on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: A Jumbo Cell Pack is a bigger version of the divided 6-packs in which you might have bought annuals or vegetable plants in at a garden center. These one-year-old plants are new starts - about 4-6" tall - and will grow rapidly during the next growing season.

The 1-gallon plant is in a #1 trade gallon pot (about 2/3 of a standard gallon) and is two years old, and has an an advanced root system.. These plants are two years old and about a foot tall at shipping.
Can I grow these near my raspberries?
Allison R on Jan 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I do with no problems yet.
Do you do bill when shipped?
Mary on Jan 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not charge our customers until we begin preparing their order for shipping.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What thornless blackberry is best suited for zone 9A?
James B on Nov 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi James - We appreciate you reaching out to us. Enter your zip code in the my location and we will place a check mark by all varieties that are compatible with your zone. If you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Have a great day!
If I set them out now how long before I get berries??
Milton m on Nov 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Milton - These berries will bear fruit in approximately 1-2 years. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When to prune Natchez blackberry vine if at all?
Duane M on Jun 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can have confidence in knowing that not everyone will prune the exact same way (even the experts). After the canes have produced fruit, you should prune them back to the ground to leave room for the stronger, 1-year-old canes. Some pruning should be done every spring to keep the plants from becoming tangled and to improve their ability to bear. The Natchez is a semi-erect variety and should be tipped or cut back to 3-4??? in midsummer. This forces lateral branches to emerge from buds below this point.

Customer Reviews

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Natchez thornless blackberry review
I would highly recommend Natchez thornless blackberries. i have enjoyed huge blackberries up to 1.5 inches long. My vines have now grown very large. I am using a two-wire trellis - one wire at 3 ft and one at 5 ft. My vines responded very well to a little 10-10-10 fertilizer.
May 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
Sweet and Carefree!
First season took 2 years, but well worth the wait. I planted 6 shoots in the clayey soil in southern Louisiana, just north of Lake Ponchartrain and trained them along a fence-line with no irrigation or special soil. I did use slug bait just in case! These varieties are not only beautiful, trainable, high yielding, and sweet when ripe. Not to mention...THORNLESS. Wait until the berries are good and ripe, otherwise they are a bit tart. Hardest part is keeping the birds and lizards off of them!
May 21, 2016
over 5 years ago
blackberry wine
These berries are great for cobblers or jelly or jam.I have also started making wine out of mine,I had so many I didn't know what to do with them.They make wonderful wine.
February 22, 2018
Great blackberries
Great flavor, wonderful for jelly, cobblers, or just eating. Prolific bearer. Would highly recommend these berries. This is the 2nd year for our berries and the vines are loaded.
May 15, 2016
over 5 years ago
Big and Flavorful
I planted our Natchez back in 2014 and the canes are really loaded this year. The berries are big, tasty, and make a great companion to Apache. The Natchez were ripe about a week before Apache here in my southern Indiana garden.
July 10, 2016
Hardy, tasty and large
Heavy producer, a green wall of 2' wide ,15' long and 6' high, gives us 15 to 20lbs. Sweet large berries. Enough for the birds and us to eat and freeze. Thorn free, pest free and prolific in my organic garden. We don't spray, water or fertilize however we prune and train it on a fence to create a privacy wall. The only negative thing is I have to prune and train as they get really big.
November 7, 2017
Awesome plants. They are thriving in central Texas.
February 10, 2017
over 5 years ago
Planted them in an area that had poor drainage and lost half of them.Tbey were very healthy and beautiful when they came in..
May 16, 2017
over 4 years ago
Worth a try
These vines were easy to start. They're fast-growing and produce lots of large, very good berries.
May 7, 2016
over 5 years ago
These took off right after planting them. They are producing a good amount of fruit in the second year.
June 12, 2017
over 3 years ago