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Huge berries with outstanding flavor! This plant produces juicy, deep purple berries that can grow to be over an inch long and an inch around. Boysenberries have blackberry, raspberry, loganberry, and dewberry in their parentage. Delectable when eaten fresh and famously used for outstanding jams and jellies. Original Boysen cultivar. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late July. Self-pollinating. (Rubus ursinus x Rubus idaeus)


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 6 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 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 5 - 6' tall x 5 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 5 - 6' 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!

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 hybrid berry 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
I love boysenberries!
Thomas M on Nov 8, 2018
Purchased plants 2 years ago. Doing so well decided to buy more. Love the taste plus they make excellent jam and pies so needed more berries. Easy to grow is a big plus.
mary m on Oct 2, 2018
I love boysenberries!
Thomas M on Nov 8, 2018
My sister and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE boysenberries. We want to try growing our own!
Christie B on Oct 17, 2018
Purchased plants 2 years ago. Doing so well decided to buy more. Love the taste plus they make excellent jam and pies so needed more berries. Easy to grow is a big plus.
mary m on Oct 2, 2018
Needed berries that can grow in southern Cali weather. Plus they are Boysenberries!
DANIEL L on Sep 21, 2018
I like boysenberries in any form: fresh, in pies, as jam, and as syrup.
GERALD W on Feb 22, 2018
I grew up in Corona, CA and my father worked at Knott's Berry Farm which introduced our family to boysenberries. I have loved them from my childhood. Now that I have space in my garden I surfed the web in order to find the plants. They are a must have for me and I look forward to fresh berries which are the taste of summer for me.
Heather R on Nov 11, 2017
in my opinion, it's the best flavor of all berries.....grew them in Lemon Grove Ca many years ago....they are hard to find....glad you have them
William R on Oct 17, 2017
These are the most delicious berries I've ever eaten.
Anita H on Mar 23, 2017
Lived in California and love boysenberries
Laurel G on Mar 8, 2017
Fresh eating, canning, juice and pie making
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
I'm originally from So Cal and I loved knots berry farm when I was a boy
Richard M on Feb 23, 2017
I have had some success with blackberries and wanted to try other types of berries to see if they would survive in this area.
Richard R on Aug 30, 2016
Wife recalls as a young girl, eating and liking the Boysenberry. So, inasmuch as I had quit growing the blackberries, I decided to please the 'better-half' and give them a try.
Cbuck on Aug 24, 2016
This will work as a natural/edible perimeter fence for part of my property - and the price was reasonable.
Philip F on Aug 3, 2016
These are for my MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY...
She loves THESE... Now she will have here VERY OWN BOYSENBERRYS....
PAUL I on May 26, 2016
Boysens have a perfect time for picking. If picked too green, they are sour. If picked to late, they get a moldy taste. Produce purchased from stores, and even farmer's markets, are picked when still not fully ripe. It's a transportation and time issue. They just don't have the flavor and sweetness of vine ripened boysens. These plants are to replace ones I have had for over 15 years. New spot. New soil. New plants.
Rosalind M on Apr 16, 2016
I have blackberries and blueberries and if I could find it in a gallon size I would have bought loganberries but since I could not I decided to try out boysenberries instead.
Joshua M on Apr 5, 2016
I live in Oregon, where there's an abundance of wild blackberries, but boysenberries have a unique flavor that i wanted to add to my garden.
Karin O on Mar 31, 2016
Growing up in Central coast California we had boysenberrys and I miss the taste, to me they are better than blackberrys. I haven't been able to buy plants here in Western Washington.
Reberta S on Mar 16, 2016
Very tasty and impossible to find in stores
Ivan V on Mar 16, 2016
have been looking for boysenberries. None locally so I had to order.
Grew up near Knott's Berry Farm and always liked the boysenberry jam and syrup.
Kim W on Mar 5, 2016
My sister and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE boysenberries. We want to try growing our own!
Christie B on Oct 17, 2018
Needed berries that can grow in southern Cali weather. Plus they are Boysenberries!
DANIEL L on Sep 21, 2018
How many cups of berries would I get from one plant the first year if it's a Gallon container plant size? Boysenberry.
jjgarden on Mar 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not much. The second year is when they get going.
after I have picked the new canes I want to keep for next years fruit should I keep cutting off the rest of the new canes?
james h on May 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Try this process: 1. Pruning out old canes that have already fruited (they will be more dry and brown than the remaining canes). 2. Prune back the ends of the rest of the canes to 18 inches from the ground or whatever suits your growing space once the plants are dormant. This will help you develop a system of maintaining your boysenberry plants for optimum fruit production. Be sure to remove any damaged, diseased, or dead canes at any point in time you notice them.
Hello. I notice your boysenberry plants are listed as the original boysenberry cultivar. I was curious if they are thorny or thornless plants? Thanks for your time!
Beth C on Mar 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These have thorns.

How bad are the thorns?
Catharine D on Nov 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My plants have been in the ground since Spring 2016 and although the small
thorns were tenacious early in the season, by the time they bloomed and I was picking fruit, they didn't seem to be a problem. As if maybe they softened slightly. Definitely tricky to handle though when working to train them on the trellis in the early part of the season. You'll need heavy gloves for that job.
Will four plants be enough for a small family of five? We love boysenberries
Bernard W on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That's a hard question to answer, I don't know how you define "enough". I planted 9 plants for my family of 6, but I planted them only 1 year ago, so they haven't born any fruit yet. If you are looking to eat a small handful each day during harvest season, then you might be ok. If you are looking to freeze enough to last all year, I doubt you're going to have enough. If you are patient, 4 will propagate into a lot more over the years, but it will take years. I didn't want to wait, so I started off strong. But again, I only planted mine 14 months ago, so I haven't gotten any fruit yet. From what I can tell, I'll probably get a little this year, but probably just a few handfulls.
Can boysenberries be planted with blackberries and raspberries?
Bill B on Feb 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes; just don't plant them near black raspberries.
Can it be planted in a large container?
Bob R on Jun 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted ours in the ground but have planted similar plants in large pots. I would suggest at least at pot 20 inches across. You will need a trellis or stakes to secure the branches.
How do I prepare my boysenberry plant for the winter in 6B zone?
AllyTF on Sep 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: To be honest, I do not know about your zone. I am in Zone 7. I will focus on root protection, One year we had several days of -17 temps; they actually closed all of the major highways due to ice. I did not have Boysenberries at the time, but did have blackberries and raspberries. I had put straw and then mulch at the base of all of my plants. While not all of my plants survived, all of the berry plants did survive. This is what I will do here this year. I hope that helps.
Can blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries be planted near each other?
Kari M on Apr 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but we'd like to make a very specific distinction and that is this: do not plant black raspberries (a hybrid of raspberries and blackberries) near any of the above.
How do you care for it when the snow starts to fall?
Amber T on Apr 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I am in zone 6. I mulch them so the root structures do not perish. Sometimes the canes die back to maybe a foot from the ground. I live in Columbus, Ohio, and the weather here can be quite bizarre. Thanks, Lee
Do boysenberry plants have thorns like blackberries?
Aubrey S on Apr 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The ones I bought from Stark are thornless.
how to prune boysenberry vines?
angie on Aug 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This from the internet:
Prune all canes to the ground when you plant the bush. As new canes grow, you will train them to a two-wire trellis system with one wire 3 feet from the ground and the other 5 feet from the ground.
Cut all old canes to the ground the second year after harvest. The boysenberry fruits grow on new wood, so it is critical to remove all old wood. This is the wood from which you harvested. Remove all dead or broken limbs.
Shorten laterals on all canes to 10 inches and tie trailing vines to the trellis using soft sting in early spring.
Remove any suckers by pulling them out of the ground, roots and all, at any time.
Are boysenberries susceptible to any diseases or other berry-related problems?
Tom W on Nov 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure of all of the possibilities, but mine have been doing great even in less than ideal conditions. We have been having a bit of a drought this year and I have had some problems with fungal disease on my strawberries and blueberries, but the boysenberry went through the summer, growing very, very well, with no problems at all.
What type of trellis does the Boysenberry need? Does someone have a drawing or picture? Thank you.
Wayne J on Nov 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I use fancy metal fencing 36" wide x 42" high, that I purchased at Lowe's. But nothing this fancy is necessary, rather this style fits well into my overall garden design. But any STURDY trellis that is at least 40" high will serve well. I believe that Boysenberry is related to Blackberry; it most certainly brambles and grows in a similar manner. So you need a STRONG/STURDY trellising. And gloves; I forgot how thorny Boysenberries are! Hope this helps.
I'm looking A Boysenberry Bush and not grown on a trellis, is this the type you have?
David H on Jan 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is the original boysenberry cultivar, which is a low, trailing plant vs. a bush.
Will they grow in Phoenix ? AZ.Thanks
Fred M on Sep 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You are in Zone 9b. They may suffer a little heat stress, but they are indeed zoned for Phoenix. Be sure to keep them watered!
What is the furthest distance away one can plant the additional boysenberry plant for cross pollination?
Tim C on May 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They really shouldn't be any more than 50' away or there will be less chance of good pollination.
What Variety boysenberry is this? Western blackberry hybrid? Nectar Boysenberry
jjgarden on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's the original boysenberry variety. The only "name" other than "Boysenberry" available found for it is "Thornless", but the plants aren't actually thornless.

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Boysenberries are the Greatest
Have been growing these berries for over 10 years, closer to 15-20 years. Easy to establish with huge berries on nearly thornless canes. Everybody loves them.
April 15, 2016
Literally The Best Tasting Blackberry Variety
Absolutely deliciois .... Tastes like artificial grape flavor a little .... If you are going to plant a Blackberry variety or a Hybrid this is the best one and i have close to every variety of berry .... I am not kidding.
August 12, 2016
over 3 years ago
I've never grown Boysenberries before.
The plants grew well last year as we trained them to a trellis to make picking berries easier...after all they do have thorns. Anyone buying boysenberries should realize that they produce the second year after planting. Well, the second year is here and boy do we have berries. We live in a coastal area which isn't very conducive for growing raspberries and boysenberries. The key is to mulch the roots well to keep them cool and some afternoon shade.
May 24, 2017
over 2 years ago
a different kind of berry
these berries send out runners, Aggressively. Very lively. After only one year, they are taking over their space. Would not be good for a confined space. I have not harvested a crop yet, but they are covered with blossoms. I will need to thin.
I will keep you posted .
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
I dug up the plants and gave them to a friend. Well, they grew back again and I guess I've got more plants to give to my friend or anybody else. I've decided that I want more of an upright plant and not something that sprawls. One thing for sure, they are hardy plants.
May 13, 2016
over 3 years ago
great plant
I didn't think they would grow in my area (western Montana) but I have them in old tires and they are growing great. Love them.
August 5, 2016
over 4 years ago
Boysenberry Heaven
All I can say is "Wow" These are the growing so well in San Diego, Ca. That I'm going get a bunch more. I started with 5 bare root plants to see how they do in our climate in which they thrived. I need at least 15 more because of all my grandkids eating them. I can't say enough about how good they taste.
June 12, 2017
over 2 years ago
Berry plants are really taking off now....
Last year when I planted three of the and they just didn't seem to do anything. By Fall, they had finally started to grow.
This Spring, though, they have really taken off and are growing much better. I had to put metal cages around them to hold the vines up. Lots of flowers in bloom, which means I will get berries to harvest.
May 22, 2016
over 3 years ago
Boysenberry review
This is the second year since I have planted my boysenberries and right now the plant has a ton of berries on it. Can;t wait to see how they taste. First year only had a few, but then I guess that is to be expected. They look really good so far.
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
Boysenberries in Kentucky
I am pleased to have my boysenberries growing well. This is year 2 and I have berries growing. Boysenberries are not common in my part of Kentucky, but I was raised near Knotts Berry Farm and always enjoyed all of the boysenberry products. As the berries spread and grow I am looking forward to sharing fresh boysenberries, jam and syrup with friends.
May 4, 2017
over 2 years ago