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Ouachita Thornless Blackberry

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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 USPP #17,162 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
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.

Pollination

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
The less, and previous experiences with them.
Homer J. on Aug 24, 2020
Past knowledge
RAY A on Jul 31, 2020
The less, and previous experiences with them.
Homer J. on Aug 24, 2020
I choose to purchase this because according to Neil Sperry, the Ouachita blackberry is a good variety for growing in my area (West-Central Texas), and I'm hoping it will grow well in a large container.
Cari S on Aug 18, 2020
Past knowledge
RAY A on Jul 31, 2020
Like to try other kinds.
Dennis M on Jul 28, 2020
I like
Dorothy Fleming S on Jul 27, 2020
love blackberry and it's thornless
Kristina T on Jul 25, 2020
Recommended by University of Arkansas
Walter K on Jul 21, 2020
to replace a dead blackberry plant
Marilyn S on Jun 20, 2020
for size of berries
dorothy l on Apr 19, 2020
This variety is said to grow well in zone 6a. Fingers crossed.
Jacotte M on Apr 15, 2020
Thornless, planting at new residence
Joan on Apr 15, 2020
Thornless
Andrea B on Apr 12, 2020
Individual expressed interest
Yvonne S on Apr 9, 2020
taking a chance
John W H on Mar 14, 2020
Disease resistance is important in Texas. We have a lot of bugs!
Barbara G on Feb 26, 2020
Por que me gusto el nombre Quachita... and it's thornless.
Steve F on Feb 21, 2020
MY LONG STANDING VINES HAVE ALL DIED OR BEEN EATEN BY GOPHERS. TIME TO TRY SOMETHING NEW.
JAMES O on Feb 14, 2020
Thornless, large berries and sweet
Steven V on Feb 11, 2020
Heat tolerant
Craig M on Dec 2, 2019
quality, size, for my zone 8b
Wayne d on Nov 29, 2019
Thornless and look like they will produce nice size berries
Plan on making pies, cobblers, jelly, jam and just eating off vine.
Kathy N on Oct 6, 2019
Read reviews,wanted thornless ,already have two of unknown variety.
Dixie H on Sep 28, 2019
the fruit looks attractive in picture
syed j on Aug 31, 2019
We???ve had tremendous luck with our thornless Blackberries from Stark's they bear later, ripen evenly, bloom on the ends of the canes, are easier to harvest and the best part is no pain from the thorns when harvesting and prunning.
PHIL A on Aug 31, 2019
Thornless
PATRICIA O on Aug 31, 2019
Ouachita was recommended by a friend.
Jerry L on Aug 8, 2019
Thornless and listed as very sweet
Mary S on May 18, 2019
Advertised as thornless, disease resistant, and as having a sweet flavor; on sale and recommended for my plant zone
Cookie on May 17, 2019
Want a thornless plant
Cindy L on May 7, 2019
I wanted a thornless option for and because my space is small, I wanted a plant that will be semi-erect when mature. It will also make a nice privacy barrier for village living with houses very close.
Debra O on May 3, 2019
Planning on planting in pots.
Trevor B on Apr 26, 2019
Best for my growing area in south central Missouri
Christina R B on Mar 25, 2019
had this blackberry before and it was great
Greg M on Mar 21, 2019
Good heavy bearer
ROBERT N on Mar 14, 2019
self-pollinating and thorn-less, and price
Patty S on Mar 4, 2019
Thornless-ness
Rick M on Feb 25, 2019
Recommended cultivar for MO by MU extension
Danny M on Jan 15, 2019
Love berries and it was for zone 9 and Thornless!
JEANETTE M on Jan 14, 2019
It will grow in my zone
Sidney V on Nov 14, 2018
Low Chill, growing zone
Terrence T on Oct 26, 2018
Terrific blackberries, and a must for any garden. Can develop into an awesome hedge row with a little care and pruning.
David M on Oct 5, 2018
No Thorns , good for zone 9, 3 plants for low price.
Karen S on Sep 22, 2018
Thornless, upright canes, very sweet fruit.
JOHN K on Sep 15, 2018
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
I choose to purchase this because according to Neil Sperry, the Ouachita blackberry is a good variety for growing in my area (West-Central Texas), and I'm hoping it will grow well in a large container.
Cari S on Aug 18, 2020
Like to try other kinds.
Dennis M on Jul 28, 2020
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"!
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.
how tall are the gallon plant upon arrival?
Yvette P on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Maybe a little less than a foot.
Do I need to stake them?
Ginny on Jul 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You don't have to, but the extra support can be helpful for pruning and harvesting chores.
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.
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)
Do these continue to fruit until frost?
Rachel on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: In North Carolina and Georgia they fruit through the spring and summer but not into the fall months.
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 live in Calif and i want black berries and red berries can they grow next to each other ? if so which ones do you recommend ?
Ruben on May 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Raspberries and blackberries grow just fine together; what you want to avoid is planting black raspberries near red, gold or purple raspberries, or blackberries. There are many things to consider when choosing a blackberry or raspberry variety, depending upon your personal taste and the way you garden. Some people prefer thornless varieties; some people like very sweet berries, others like them tart. Some like very big berries, like Kiowa. It all depends upon your preferences.
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 do you know if your soil is ok to grow food plants?
John K on Aug 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Signs of healthy soil include plenty of underground animal and plant activity, such as earthworms and fungi. Soil that is rich in organic matter tends to be darker and crumbles off of the roots of plants you pull up. A healthy, spread-out root system is also a sign of good soil. I recommend having your soils PH tested. You can either purchase a meter your self of reach out to your county extension office and they can help.
how do you keep birds and squirrels from eating the berries?
John K on Aug 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: we trellis the blackberries and have wire half hoops that attach to the trellis with the rounded aspect up. We then cover with a bird net all the way to ground, and secure the bottom with bricks or metal plant stakes
Do you have these in large containers that drain. I do not want to plant in the ground. Also, In Knoxville , Tn. what is the best time to plant? How long to get berries?
larry W on Jul 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: These ship in temporary nursery pots only and will need transplanted to a larger container if you do not want to plant in the ground. We do not provide those containers but you can purchase them at your local garden center.
When will jumbo cell packs be available to order for the Ouachita ??
Malcolm3 M on Jul 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

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What is the best compatible pollinator?
William A on Jul 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: These are self pollinating and do not need another variety to bear fruit.
Does it come planted in a 1 gallon pot? And how big in height and diameter is the pot, if so?
Alessandra S on Jul 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are currently shipped in the blow-molded pots which are known as a 1 gallon trade pot and they are used by nurseries. These pots actually hold 0.664 gallons 6.25 Inch Depth x 6.5 inch Diameter and the have 5 Drain Holes.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long does it take to grow?
Stephanie S on May 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 1-2 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is the difference between a primocane and a flouracane?
Dixie H on Apr 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: A primocane is basically the new growth or new canes on the blackberry plant. The following year, these canes become floricanes, produce flowers, and bear fruit. This cycle repeats every season with primocanes growing to produce the next year and floricanes fruiting in the current year. Floricanes should be cut back to the ground after fruiting.
is it okay to plant blackberries next to raspberries?
Rosalie C on Mar 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. What you need to be careful about is planting black raspberries near blackberries and raspberries.
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.
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.
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.
I had several varieties of thornless berries that produced very abundantly for about three years. Then a virus hit them, taking out the Natchez first, then the Apache, then the Arapaho, and lastly, the Triple Crown. What was a 200 yard long row of vines are now dead canes and weeds.
Is this variety any less susceptible to the virus? If not, is there a variety that would be recommended?
Frank K on Jul 25, 2020

Customer Reviews

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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 6 years ago
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 5 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
Heavy crop
Glad these canes are thornless--they've been loaded with berries!
August 19, 2016
Purchased
over 4 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 5 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 5 years ago
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 6 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 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 5 years ago
still early
of the six plants that I purchased, two died before the end of the first year.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago