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)

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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
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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 5 - 6' tall x 5 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 5 - 6' 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!

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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Love to make jam and boysenberries are hard to find
Rebecca P on Apr 6, 2021
Boysenberries are my favorite cane fruit
Richard S on Mar 19, 2021
Love to make jam and boysenberries are hard to find
Rebecca P on Apr 6, 2021
I grew up in California - 5 miles from Knott's Berry Farm! Boysenberries are a MUST!!
Sandy S on Apr 4, 2021
Boysenberries are my favorite cane fruit
Richard S on Mar 19, 2021
Because they grow in the Mojave desert
Debra Z on Mar 14, 2021
Family favorite
Jill C on Mar 4, 2021
Had them as a kid and now grow my own
Lawrence H on Feb 11, 2021
I like knotts preserves and pies wanted to try growing my own
Cynthia B on Feb 7, 2021
Wanted to add boysenberry this year for making jams.
Douglas M on Feb 5, 2021
Great flavor in pancakes
Anthony P on Feb 5, 2021
Wanted a more unusual fruit to experiment with in our new house!
Beth W on Feb 4, 2021
Berries are full of antioxidants and some of the healthiest fruits there are. We love our Stark Bro's blackberries and raspberries so much we decided to add to our growing nutritious collection.
Elizabeth R on Jan 29, 2021
I like boysenberries, Jams and Jellies
Thomas S on Dec 16, 2020
Grows in AZ
Stanley O on Oct 21, 2020
Need more variety in my berry garden
James M on Sep 25, 2020
Want this fruit. Familiar with Knotts Berry farm product. Hope this matches.
Melvin S on Sep 24, 2020
they are a nice large berry and can be mixed with black berries for some wonderful jellies one of the finest berries you carry
thank you
Santa paul on Aug 20, 2020
It works in my climate zone. It is self pollinating. It looks delicious. I have decided to never plant anything new in my yard that I can't eat.
William M on Jul 29, 2020
I have several blueberry plants and I am just adding new and exciting things into my garden
Dale W on Jun 24, 2020
my friend loves these berries it is her birthday surprise. They are very hard to find in Westchester especially these horrible days. Stay healthy.
ellen a on May 5, 2020
S C on Apr 27, 2020
I love Boysenberry Pie. You can't buy these berries out here in the New Mexico desert, so I will grow my own.( I Hope.)
Curtis G on Apr 27, 2020
High bred plants thorn less
Michael L on Apr 23, 2020
Love Boysenberries and want to grow my own.
Linda S on Apr 21, 2020
I LOVE boysenberries, and no one in my area sells them. Most people think they are blackberries, but they have a very different flavor.
Cheri E on Apr 14, 2020
I like caneberries, and am increasing the variety of what I have.
Thomas F on Apr 10, 2020
I love boysenberry. Pie nothing like it
Ronald A on Apr 9, 2020
kevin on Apr 8, 2020
I am looking for a blackberry-like berry that I remember grew in our woods back home several years ago that grew about 12 feet tall with huge berries.
G L on Apr 5, 2020
I love berries
Eric D on Apr 1, 2020
Boysenberry jam is the best of the best!
Deborah I on Mar 31, 2020
I want to diversify the berry orchards on my farm.
Shawndreia D on Mar 26, 2020
Needed to change from thornless Blackberries to a less seedy variety of Berries and it can be here before the end of the month.
STEVEN S on Mar 20, 2020
It will blend in with the natural landscape.
Timothy L on Mar 20, 2020
Good sale price!
Denise R on Mar 16, 2020
Berries that will grow in my area.
Elizabeth D on Mar 16, 2020
No bitter aftertaste as with black berries.
John A J on Mar 3, 2020
Love boysenberries
Rhonda E on Feb 26, 2020
I have never grown them, but have eaten them several time and taste great. Very interested in growing my own.
Richard B on Feb 25, 2020
like the taste of Boysenberry
Tom B on Feb 21, 2020
close to raspberry flavor but grows in hot climate
Richard t on Feb 12, 2020
I am trying a variety without thorns but I think this one might taste better or give more berries.
Barbara T on Jan 31, 2020
It was one of the few Boysenberry plants compatible with my zone of 9a.
Kristen E on Jan 4, 2020
Zone is right and description was what I wanted.
Helene C on Dec 13, 2019
Best reveiws
Jason N on Sep 28, 2019
A favorite berry from childhood
Carla Z on Sep 21, 2019
My moms favorite berry is Boysenberry and she adored Boysenberry jam that you could only ever find at Knotts Berry farm. Now living on the east coast it is hard to find or expensive to have shipped. So I am going to try to grow some for her,
Amy C on Sep 11, 2019
My wife's favorite and great for our climate zone.
Brian F on Sep 9, 2019
3 pack is a great deal and I love having a variety of berries for my perennial garden
Leah S on Sep 2, 2019
want to make boysenberry pie
Joyce S on Aug 6, 2019
Boysenberries are my favorite fruit, and my grandparents used to grow them. I have many amazing memories associated with them, and I have not been able to find them in any local nurseries. They make an amazing cobbler, jam/jelly, and are excellent on homemade ice cream. You can't go wrong with them.
Cheri E on Jul 31, 2019
I grew up in California - 5 miles from Knott's Berry Farm! Boysenberries are a MUST!!
Sandy S on Apr 4, 2021
Because they grow in the Mojave desert
Debra Z on Mar 14, 2021
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.
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.
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.
How bad are the thorns?
Catharine D on Nov 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Very sharp. I used them as a barrier to keep the coyotes out.
Is this Boysenberry thornless or does it have thorns?
Dawn L on Jan 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi, this plant is not thornless. I bring it in the house every winter.
How much summer heat can they take. High temp?
DeeDee on Aug 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I am in zone 9b. I planted my seedlings in the tail end of a summer that sported 60 days over 110 degrees this year. Planted in Labor Day week, they not only have survived, they have grown, in 100 degree day temps and 75 degree night temps.
Are these thornless boysenberries?
Bill C on May 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unless otherwise stated in the plant description, assume the plants are thorn type plants. These are thorny and will "bit" you if you are not protected and careful. Research thorny vs. thorn less, I understand there are differences in the fruit "quality" and taste - I'm not sure on that point. I have yet to get any berries so I can't comment on the quality of the fruit - yet! I put these in the ground in spring of 2018 (bare root). Last year (2019) they grew a lot of canes and spread nicely but looked thin and sparse. Don't give up on them. I pruned them back and trained them onto trellises. This year (2020) they are beautiful and thick with an abundance of blossoms set and getting plump, ready to produce. BTW - I live in Prescott, AZ (5,000 ft. elevation), cold winters (low teens-some snow), hot, dry summers (it can get over 100 but mostly in the 90's). These are in a raised bed 2 ft. high with horse farm soil fill, rich but not hot. I installed an automated drip watering system and these do well here, they like water. In this dry climate, I give them 3 gallons every 5 days. Try gardener(s) supply sites for trellises, etc. Good luck with your project. Stark Bros. has treated me well so no worries there - I'd buy from them again, very good CS.
Can you buy just one plant.?
Sandy P on May 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Mine is about 3 feet tall now with lots of pretty white flowers on it. Can't wait for the boysenberries. I live in zone 7 - so it's very hot in summer & freezing in the winter & my boysenberry loves it!
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.

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 you grow next to raspberries and black berries?
Cathy M on Sep 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can. Make sure you trellis the boysenberry and leave enough room so the thirns from the boysenberry keep clear for maintenance and harvesting
Can you plant a boysenberry next to a loganberry?
Shannon W on Apr 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I planted my boysenberry next to blackberries and it is doing very well. It produced a good amount of berries the 2nd year. This year it has even more blooms. My loganberry still has not produced berries after 2 years and I planted it off by itself.
Do these spread and self propagate?
Newbie on Feb 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they do spread & self-propagate, abundantly.
Do Boysenberry plants root when the tips hit the soil?
Tim M on Aug 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do. I trellis and vine. Then you have more vine yo produce more flowers and berries. .
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: Yes! just make sure you put them in a place you can control the runners, tie them back.
I live in zone 6B will my Bosenberry plants survive the winter. What do i do to keep them safe when it dips down to -20 degrees F for a week or 2?
Clara T on Jul 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Clara, I'm not sure where 6B is located, I'm 6A, in the Columbus, OH area. Our temperatures don't go down to -20. I planted my Boysenberriers in a 1/2 Oak barrel and they are on my front porch, facing South. I intended to move them and never have. I bought the plants in 2018 and last fall I thought they were dead. The leaves all had a orange rust on them and the plants didn't look good. Well this Spring everything came up again and they flowered and had quite a few berries this summer that were delicious. I have tall stakes in the barrel and when we had freezing weather earlier this year I just covered them with sheets. It worked. That's the best I can do for you. Good luck, Boysenberries are the best!
How do I prepare my boysenberry plant for the winter in 6B zone?
AllyTF on Sep 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We live in zone 5B and our plants have shrugged off some harsh winters. I do think it is important that the root of the plants not be allowed to dry out. Dry and cold are not a good match. A deep watering in the fall and enough mulch to keep the roots wet but not enough to encourage mice to make a home is ideal.
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: After the vines are done producing and start to turn brown, cut them off at the ground. Be careful not to cut off any of the new growth as these will produce fruit next year. Train them up on wires for better production and easy picking. Repeat each season and you will always have berries.
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.
Is it a thornless plant?
Nadeem M on Mar 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No this is not a thornless variety.
How many chill hours for this specimen?
Lee C on Feb 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The chill hours will depend on your zone for planting USDA hardiness zones: 5-10 or 6-9 for cultivars suitable for hot dry climates.
Chill hours: Plants needing 100-300 chill hours are best in USDA hardiness zones 8-10. Many cultivars found in nurseries need 500-1000 chill hours and do not flower or set fruit in warm winter regions. I recommend reaching out to your county extension office to determine if these would be successful in your planting zone.

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Can boysenberry be grown in large pots?
Liz R on Feb 17, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Boysenberries are well suited to life in containers, but they need ample room to grow. Choose a pot that's at least 12 inches (30 cm.) deep and 16 to 18 inches

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I???m in North centra FL. Zone 9a I believe. Will the boysenberries thrive and produce here?
Lydia F on Feb 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: // Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.
Can I grow this in a large pot?
Laryssa K on Feb 11, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
For planting boysenberry and raspberry, how far away in feet should I plant these two berry plants?
Valerie S on Jan 12, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. I would allow enough space between the bushes so they are not crowded giving them about 5-6 feet between each would be sufficient.
Julia S on Dec 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Boysenberries are brambles, like their genetic parents, and many varieties have canes armed with noteworthy thorns.

Customer Reviews

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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 6 years ago
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
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 5 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 6 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 5 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 6 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 5 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 6 years ago
I love boysenberrys. I guess it from remembering my grandma's boysenberry patch. But they take a few seasons to mature. They need full sun and water every day. A soaker hose and timer works good. A little patience helps too.
May 20, 2016
over 5 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 6 years ago