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Description

Easy-to-harvest, plump, pluckable berries. These upright, thornless canes bear high yields of medium-size fruit. Disease-resistant to rosette disease. Summer-bearing floricane. Mid season. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in mid June. Self-pollinating. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #17162 or other patents.

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 Very Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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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.

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!

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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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Tasted this blackberry at N40 Pick U Own Blackberry Farm in Stillwater, OK last summer and it was my favorite of the 4 varieties they had.
Connie B on Mar 18, 2018
Purchased 2 already, but wanted more.
Peggy D on Sep 10, 2017
Tasted this blackberry at N40 Pick U Own Blackberry Farm in Stillwater, OK last summer and it was my favorite of the 4 varieties they had.
Connie B on Mar 18, 2018
Thornless, upright, easy care. I have several and am expanding the are. Berries also have great flavor and are firm so good for local farm market.
Mary M on Jan 29, 2018
Purchased 2 already, but wanted more.
Peggy D on Sep 10, 2017
good results for production of berries in north GA. with little inputs of water during periods of water stress. Sweetest of all berries trialed during this dry spell of early summer in the Piedmont of the southeast.
Scott B on Mar 30, 2017
Looking for a thornless variety my kids can help me pick that had a very sweet taste!
LOURDES A on Mar 13, 2017
Because its thornless and does not require any support.
Joshua C on Mar 7, 2017
Growing for the first time and wanted a sweet hardy berry.
Bill D on Jan 16, 2017
Have grown these and they are great berries and so easy to care for.
Thelma R on Sep 19, 2016
Erect cane and good for this area. I already had two kinds planted and wanted to try this one.
Dennis L on May 5, 2016
I love black berries. The problem with grocery stores black berries is the fact they are more tart than sweet.
Nabil D on Apr 24, 2016
They were thornless and a sweet berry
Brenda R on Apr 22, 2016
I have been hunting for a mulberry tree but have been unable to find one where I live. I grew up eating mulberries and have not had them in years.
Sharon R on Mar 17, 2016
Supposed to be better variety for middle Tennessee
Kathie k on Mar 1, 2016
Love blackberry's, don't like getting pricked.
Alex G on Feb 26, 2016
Thornless, upright, easy care. I have several and am expanding the are. Berries also have great flavor and are firm so good for local farm market.
Mary M on Jan 29, 2018
good results for production of berries in north GA. with little inputs of water during periods of water stress. Sweetest of all berries trialed during this dry spell of early summer in the Piedmont of the southeast.
Scott B on Mar 30, 2017
Do these sucker? Are there any non suckering varieties
BARBARA W on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They'll sucker, since that is how blackberry plants replace old growth with new growth. However, Ouachita has an upright growth habit, so its canes are less likely to lean down to the ground. This means they're not as likely to take root and spread that way. Any unwanted suckering can be easily mowed down or pruned out.
can these blackberries be grown on a trellis type structure? or do they grow more like a bush?
john d on May 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will trellis, BUT, consider this: You will get several primocanes with each plant. If you are careful, you can bend the canes to your will and trellis them. However, recognize that this year's primocanes become next years floricanes, and produce berries. These canes get very strong and woody (to support the berry weight!). Sometime after berry production is complete and late fall, you will need to cut back the floricanes to allow the new primocanes, that have been growing all year, to have room. Un-weaving the woody floricanes and not damaging the promocanes in a trellis may be a tad difficult. Recommend the traditional wire system with soft ties to keep the canes "trained"!
how tall are the gallon plant upon arrival?
Yvette P on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Maybe a little less than a foot.
will ouachita blackberry cross pollinate with Kiowa blackberry ?
greg k on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
My plants are now four years old, I have three bushes but only one has produced new primocanes this year. Do I need to replace the bushes that didn't grow new canes? They produced a heavy crop of fruit this year and appear healthy.
Kathryn B on Jul 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You should not have to replace the plants. Blackberries tend to be long-lived. Things that can affect new shoot growth may be too much water or less than ideal growing conditions. Since you stated that you had a heavy crop, it sounds as if you had good growing conditions. I am assuming that your berry crop is done for the year. If not, as soon as it is done, cut out the canes that bore fruit and give the plants a little nitrogen fertilizer. This should kick the vegetative growth into gear. Also, be on the lookout for small critters like rabbits that may be eating the new growth. You may just have a critter problem and not a plant problem. - Agent Ed (Ohio Extension)
is Ouachita blackberry erect or trailing?
chelsea l on May 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Chels ~
This variety is erect. Mine are still fledgling but online sources verify that it's erect and will fruit for 5-6 weeks, growing about that tall (5-6',) in its second year.
What type of bedding do blackberry bushes need? Should they be planted in a raised bed for drainage?
Lecia Verrette l on Mar 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: planted mine in soil amended with 3??? of compost mixed with aged cow manure. It gave them a great start and drainage doesn???t seem to be a problem. I do keep them mulched with shredded bark (not cedar) to control weeds.
What is the taste, sweet, sour ???
Christine K on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: a little of both and they produced all summer and fall in zone 6b and 5a our family loved them. easy to care for.
I have runners on my ouachita blackberry do I need to cut them off?
Chester B on Jun 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can 1) prune them off; 2) leave them be and let the plant multiply or 3) dig up the runners and replant somewhere else ... free plants. :-)
What are the best varieties for making wine?
Scott W on Feb 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: From the perspective of an amateur, the characteristics most important are
sugar content and acidity. Both usually need to be adjusted a bit for a successful
wine from blackberries. Sweeter juicer berries are the better choice, but becoming informed
about making berry wines in general is most important and separately from the particular variety used. Use fully ripened fruit.
How many lbs will 1 plant produce, first seaaon?
April C on May 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's not likely to produce any more than a few berries the first season, and for the good of next season's crop, it's best to pinch off those first flowers. When the plant is at fruiting maturity (1-2 years), it can produce about 3.4 lbs. per plant. That will depend upon where you live and how much sun, rain and proper food the plant receives.
Can Ouachita be grown in a container?
Jerry S on Apr 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have Ouachitas, but have never grown them in a container. I would say they probably could be grown in a container: maybe depending on where you live ... as in how far north. Being frozen in a pot in the winter where I am, northern Indiana, might kill them. Blackberries in general, however, are pretty extreme survivors, so they may survive. One problem with putting them in a container, however, is that they can't spread ... may not be an issue with you, but it's one of the things I like about them ... I get more every year. I suspect they'd prefer to be out in the ground, so if you're going to try a pot, I'd try a large pot. I don't think you could go wrong just trying it; if you're not happy, move them into the ground.
Are the roots invasive? I noticed shoots coming up in different locations this spring.
Laura J on Apr 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: "Invasive" is rather a technical term used by state agricultural departments to describe plants that should be destroyed because they eventually dominate the surrounding enviroment (like kudzu). This plant is not "invasive" in that sense at all. Suckers are Mother Nature's way of propagating the plant for its survival. Many people consider the suckers to be free plants, which they just dig up and plant to create another cane set. If you don't want them, you can snip new growth off just below the surface or dig them up and discard them.
Would this work in a part sun location?
Courtney H on Apr 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Berry plants are a bit more tolerant of a little shade than fruit trees. The location would need a good 4 hours of full sun a day to produce a decent crop.
Do they require support?
Paul S on Mar 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ouachita is a variety with upright canes, so it doesn't require staking or trellising.
What is a "jumbo cell pack"?
leslie y on Feb 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A jumbo cell pack is a bigger version of the cell packs that you might have bought with vegetables at the garden center. These plants are new starts and will grow rapidly during the next growing season.
Are these berries really seedless, or just small?
Sandy on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It has a small soft seed that is not noticeable when eating. They are very good to eat.

Customer Reviews

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Best berry ever
After all the berries I have planted that didn't do much, this little plant took over. Within a couple of years it has spread tremendously, and is a copious producer. Covered with gorgeous flowers in the spring, by August I am inundated with berries, can hardly keep them picked in time. By the first week of September, it's pretty much done, I can prune out the overgrowth, and have plenty of jam for the rest of the fall. I have relatively poor soil, drains pretty well but lots of clay, it doesn't stop them spreading, and we get little rain in the area north of Denver. Gets sunshine most of the day, some afternoon shade.
September 18, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Not suitable for the Hill Country in Texas
I planted 6 Ouachita, 6 Natchez, 6 Arapaho, 6 Freedom and 6 Triple Crown in Hays County Texas in 2015.
Only 4/6 Ouchita lived through the hot summer, despite my drip irrigation system. 0/6 of the Natchez survived. In contrast, the Freedom and the Triple Crown grew amazingly well, and the Arapaho wasn't far behind. This year, the Freedom are already producing blackberries and the Arapaho are close behind and the Triple Crown are in third place so far. I highly recommend the Freedom, Triple Crown and Arapaho.
May 8, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Ther plants look great
My first time growing this kind of plants. They grew back after the long winter in Kansas, are doing very well, having some flowers now. Hopefully they will yield some fruits soon. I am happy about the purchase with Starkbros.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Heavy crop
Glad these canes are thornless--they've been loaded with berries!
August 19, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
I ordered these in the Spring and adapted them to the sunlight per the instructions before planting them. They are all still alive but not growing very well. I spoke to customer service today and learned that I have been over-watering them! So look out for that; she told me that I need to water deeply but only every 7-10 days. Hopefully they will survive the hot summer!
May 16, 2016
Hardy, low maintenance and huge fruit
I have had these blackberry vines for 3 years now, last summer being the first fruiting year. They thrive in Maryland's clay soil, which is not great soil, and they don't seem to mind if I can't always water them regularly. The fruit is quite large, averaging 3 -4 inches in length. I did have some sour fruit but I think this was due to either picking too early or not pruning enough (one source I read suggested having only one cane per plant, but one of my plants can have up to 3 canes and I didn't do anything about this the first year). The laterals also need to be kept in check. This year I pruned a bit more so we'll see what that does for fruit quality. Aside from some fruit being sour, which I'm sure is my fault, I give this five stars because it is very easy and rewarding to grow and I think these are quite high quality plants.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Ouachita Thornless Blackberry
Plants arrived healthy looking, wet and green leaves, but they did not over winter well. I bought 6 plants and only two survived even though they are supposed to be hardy in my growing zone of 5.
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
I am very satisfied with the Ouachita plants that I have. They seem to be able to handle the high temperatures that we have in the summer here in Oklahoma. They still need water but they don't die out. The berries are sweet and a good size.
March 21, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Good blackberry
I planted them last fall. No berries yet, but they are growing like crazy.
May 15, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Juicy & easy to grow
I planted 3 of these last year and they are producing a lot of very large, juicy, sweet berries! I live in Denver, I think that's zone 6.
August 9, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago