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Harvest berries with ease from thornless, upright canes. Primocanes fruit first, followed by a second crop on older canes. Fruit is large, firm, and sweet. Excellent choice for home gardening or farmer’s markets. Disease-resistant to rust. Everbearing primocane. Early season. Drought tolerant. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July until frost. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #26990 or other patents. APF-153T cultivar.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July To Frost
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Good
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 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.


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
Hardy thornless variety.
Renee S on Aug 5, 2019
Chris C on Jul 21, 2019
Hardy thornless variety.
Renee S on Aug 5, 2019
Based on reviews
Judy S on Jul 28, 2019
Chris C on Jul 21, 2019
Hopeful it will do well in my zone.
Margaret L on Jun 21, 2019
Good price
Danyell K on Jun 18, 2019
Double fruiting and thornless
justin f on May 20, 2019
I live in North Texas, and have a small berry patch where i have planted 12 different black berry varieties. PrimeArk Freedom is my favorite; it's low maintenance, easy care, great taste, and high yield, are real blessings!
Homer B on May 16, 2019
Based on positive reviews
Gayle K on Apr 11, 2019
This thornless is a vigorous producer!
Darrell C on Apr 3, 2019
Sounds delicious
Shawn E on Mar 23, 2019
Replacing older Prime-Jan canes which didn't produce well. So trying a newer variety
Robert P on Mar 15, 2019
Sounded good & thornless
Lonnie M on Mar 12, 2019
Size and flavor profile of the fruit
Steve S on Mar 6, 2019
large size and primocane variety
Kim F on Feb 21, 2019
A neighbor said it was recommended by our county agent (Caswell and Orange Co. NC); they just bought 1000 plants
Pamela S on Feb 20, 2019
Hoping they will grow in Cheyenne. Love blackberries
Kayleen E on Feb 5, 2019
Lots of positive ratings, and I LOVE blackberries!
Jacob P on Nov 28, 2018
Planted 3 of these plants 2 years ago and had a lovely harvest this year.
Maria P on Oct 15, 2018
Similar to the PrimeArk 45, I liked the cold hardiness of this blackberry variety for the Colorado winters.
Charles R on Sep 22, 2018
I wanted to receive my shipment in the fall and your company has the variety and shipping dates that I was looking for.
Cindy K on Aug 26, 2018
extra large berries, and primocane for more berries per year
robert b on Aug 21, 2018
I learned of this variety a year or two ago. Now that I have moved to a house with a big backyard, this is the first blackberry I looked for. I have high expectations!
Susie C on Aug 14, 2018
I currently have 6 of these plants that just started bearing this year. I love them! The flavor is awesome, even through the drought. Nice big, juicy, tasty berries!
Lisa T on Aug 4, 2018
I read about it from a Reddit forum discussing crops, and one commenter brought up his experience with this blackberry variety.
Daniel K on May 7, 2018
Self pollinating, thornless, reasonable price, prompt shipping.
Lee on May 2, 2018
saw youtube video singing its praises
Ted W on Apr 30, 2018
Good reviews from university study plots. Primocanes are my best bet if the winters continue to become more severe here in the northeast.
melissa m on Mar 14, 2018
Low-chill variety reported to do well in coastal California
Douglas B on Jul 22, 2017
Huge berries and *thornless* Yay!!!
Kim C on May 2, 2017
We LOVE these blackberries. We live in Zone 7, and I wanted the reliability of a Primocane plant, as well as extended growing season. Add that it's thornless, and it has everything we want. We have these growing on 2" x 4" hogwire, 8' tall, mounted to 4" x 4" posts. The support works great, and these canes have really taken off! In this our third season, our plants are covered in lush, dark green leaves and many, many white flowers. We're looking forward to a yummy fruiting season!
Kimberly T S on Apr 18, 2017
Thornless, disease resistant, drought tolerant, ever bearing large flavorful berries. Why wouldn't I choose PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberries?
Mike H on Mar 13, 2017
There is a well-known berry farm close to use who only uses your starts. They gave us your name and the varieties they grow. PrimeArk Freedom and Triple Crown Thornless are their two main varieties. We ordered both!!
Keith H on Mar 3, 2017
I wanted a primocane plant
PAMELA C on Feb 25, 2017
My brother purchased and planted these blackberry plants from Stark Bro's and gave me a big bowl full last summer. They were the nicest blackberries I've ever eaten. I asked him where they came from and he told me Stark Bro's. I was so impressed, I decided to buy them from Stark Bro's and plant some of my own. They were sold out when I tried purchase them last summer and made available again this season, so I bought the plants. Im looking forward to having some really nice blackberries.
Twylla I on Feb 25, 2017
We have Primocane Blackberries from Stark Brothers already and they do wonderfully.
JOHN H on Aug 26, 2016
Already have one I purchased from Stark two years ago, it's a great Blackberry variety to have. Canes are nice and erect, no thorns, and large berries...Awesome choice.
MoBe on Apr 30, 2016
I ordered some of these last fall and planted them 2 days before a freak hard freeze ... This spring I was amazed that two of the plants actually survived and figured it would be difficult to find a berry more frost hardy :)
John D on Apr 16, 2016
Primocane blackberries were recommended by P. Allen Smith on PBS!
Diane G on Apr 1, 2016
Bears on primocane
James T on Mar 26, 2016
I was looking to add a (hopefully) sweeter variety and an improved harvest with the primocane variety. I have had triple crown (from another company) that produces well and is great in pies and jams, but has a very short window of sweet enough to eat and being over ripe.
BRIAN R on Mar 25, 2016
Grows erect for easier picking and pruning. Thornless, Big Plus.
NANETTE M on Mar 15, 2016
I have various varieties of Blackberries. Winters or rabbits have killed them back to the ground almost every winter. Primocane means that even if that happens, I still get fruit. The price has finally come down enough to try them out.
dan s on Mar 15, 2016
Because they produce on old and new canes
Andrea W on Mar 14, 2016
I love blackberries and I also love birds so I will put bird netting over these till I get what I want and then the birds can have the rest.
Amy M on Mar 1, 2016
i like to grow my food
valerie g b on Feb 29, 2016
1. They are thornless. I have the PrimeArk thorny ones. Love the berries, so these should be just as good. I have Grandchildren, and they will appreciate no thorns. 2. They can be pruned like my raspberries. Great!
Mary H on Feb 17, 2016
Based on reviews
Judy S on Jul 28, 2019
Hopeful it will do well in my zone.
Margaret L on Jun 21, 2019
How do you prune the freedom thornless blackberry plants during the season and at the end of the season? And, how do you know which canes to prune?
Bill R on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agree with Betty S, I "tip" the primocanes (first, or new growth) to about 6 feet, just above the wire I have at 5 feet, to encourage side growth I wrap around the top wire. Some I tip at 4 feet for my 3 foot high wire, so I fill the entire growing area. Don't be afraid to prune the canes as it encourages side growth, and twice as much (that I have noticed). Do choose your stongest canes and cull out the weak ones, so that the plant will focus it's energy where you want it focused.
This is my second year having these beautiful plants. I have very large new growth coming up. I'm afraid they are suckers. Should these be pruned back?
Tynette D on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, blackberries produce on previous years growth. Prime-ark varieties will also produce some on new growth later in the season. After last years growth is through producing it then needs to be pruned out.
Ours are now 1+ years old, last years growth is loaded with berries and still blooming. We are seeing several new healthy shoots coming up and are making us look forward to even more berries next year. hope this helps.
Are seeds large or small ?
Johnb on Mar 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say that the seeds are of average size for a blackberry. However, the blackberries themselves are very large, juicy and sweet. I planted mine in April 2015 and by September it was 5' tall and 3' wide. Some berries grew 1.75" long. And all on the primo canes with no thorns. Truly an amazing variety!
Is it normal to have a large stalk growth out to the center of canes that is much thicker and does not have any blossoms or fruit? What do I do what them?
Ron G on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ron - I am new at growing blackberries but I do believe that the cane growing out of the center is normal; in fact, I have several. I consulted Stark Bros and learned that after the canes fruit you cut them back and then the new canes should fruit the following year. I live in a cold winter climate at 5000 ft and I covered my one plant with a black garbage bag all winter and it grew very nicely and is really doing well this Spring. Hope this helps.
Do you have a blackberry that will freeze well in a pie?
Susan S on Apr 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All blackberries freeze well, unlike strawberries, some varieties of which have much higher water content and turn to mush when frozen. The water content in blackberries is largely the same from variety to variety.
i started my plants they were only like 3 inches there about 2 ft now but winter is coming don't know what or were to keep them there still in pots help?
cindy h on Oct 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the plants are hardy to your zone, you can let them overwinter outdoors even if they are in pots. Just be sure to keep the soil from drying out, especially when frost and below-freezing temperatures arrive. You can bring the potted plants into a protected area like an unheated basement, garage, or shed until spring weather warms if you'd prefer. Still be sure to keep the soil from drying out.

Customer Reviews

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PrimeArk Freedom Primocane review
I ordered and received 12 plants. After planting them 2 plants died.
From the plants that survived we have had a bumper crop. These are the
best and largest blackberries I have ever seen and the best part of them-
no thorns. We have raised berries as a hobby for over 50 years and these
are by far the best blackberries ever. I would recommend them to anybody
that likes blackberries.
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
HUGE berries!
Berries filled the palm of my hand. Large and sweet, made it through our zone 3 winters several ago. Pruning to maintain size is important. Had a few vines that grew 12-14 feet. Berry production better if pruned to 5-6 feet during the summer.
November 15, 2016
over 4 years ago
Great Blackberries
All three plants arrived in good condition in January of 2015. They were then re-potted in compost, and moved into a cold frame. In March, they were planted out in the garden. At that time, they were about a foot high. By April, the first primocanes were five feet high, and by late May, they were flowering. The primocane crop was light, unevenly ripening throughout the summer, fall, and winter. Some berries had both unripe red and ripe black druplets. It was important to wait until the berries were fully ripe before harvesting them. Otherwise, they were sour. These blackberry plants had been planted about a mile from the ocean in Oceanside, California at an elevation of 200 feet. Lately, the winters have been warm and the summers cool. As a result, these plants retained their leaves throughout the year. The floricane crop of 2016 was harvested in April and May. It was a large crop of very large berries. Some canes broke due to the weight of the fruit even though they were tied to a wire for support. In comparison, Triple Crown blackberries were just starting to flower on their floricanes in May at this same location. This is a good indication that Prime-Ark Freedom has a lower chilling requirement. It was a pleasure working with these thornless blackberries. These three plants produced a floricane crop of 12 quarts in 2016. It was amazing to harvest so many berries of such a large size. The fruit made excellent jam.
June 14, 2016
over 4 years ago
Healthy plants, tasty fruit!
The PrimArk Freedom berries survived the winter in eastern NC without even losing their leaves. The first year canes are recumbent on the ground but the second year canes are upright. I will stake them in the future because 2 canes broke off in a wind storm this spring. I think it made one berry in the first fall. This spring it is loaded with berries even though I never saw a bee on the flowers. Yesterday we tasted the first two ripe berries and were pleased that, compared to other blackberries I have tried, they are not bitter. Can't wait to check them for more ripe berries today!
May 18, 2016
over 4 years ago
Prolific bushes
They are growing like crazy! The primary canes are thick and the leaves are dark green and luscious. One is 5 ft tall. I expect to prune it to 4 ft. soon. Also some smaller canes coming up on the sides. No berries anticipated this year, but look out next year! I planted them in a mixture of about 1/6 composted manure, 1/3 peat compost, 1/6 sand, 1/6 sphagnum moss, 1/6 existing clay soil with about a 1/2 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer mixed in for each plant.
August 7, 2016
over 4 years ago
nice big berries
The berries are at least one inch long and new canes grow abundantly often 6-8 feet tall. They continue to spread giving me a better field of berries.
August 7, 2016
over 4 years ago
PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberry
we are happy with them, we put them out last spring, had a few berries last fall. They are now loaded with berries on last years growth and still blooming. There is also lots of new growth/shoots so we should have a few berries on some of them later in the season. Over all we are very pleased with Stark Brothers, product and service.
April 30, 2016
over 4 years ago
Tasty Berries
Ordered 6 plants last year and they did great the first year. even had some berries that were huge and very tasty, but this spring only one started again. contacted starks and they were great to refund for the plants. Would of liked to get replacements but they were out of stock and also after reviewing more about the berries they were for zone 5 not 4 were I am so it is more my fault for ordering these for the wrong zone even though starks made the refund. They are great berries and I wish they would grow in my zone because they really are good berries
May 13, 2016
over 4 years ago
PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberry
They were great transplants. unfortunately, the deer killed them.
Trying again with barrier.
May 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
I have berries here in MS already . Will definitely expand my blackberry bed and plant these again . Plants are 4 1/2 tall !!! Very impressed!
May 9, 2016
over 4 years ago