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Description

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)

Characteristics

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.

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 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
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
MICHAEL Q on Aug 20, 2020
I have several blueberry plants and I am just adding new and exciting things into my garden
Dale W on Jun 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
MICHAEL Q 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
Taste.
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
MANY OF MY BLACKBERRIES HAVE DIED, LOOING FOR SOMETHING TO REPLACE THEM!
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
have blackberries , raspberries and blue berries. Planted boysenberries before but they died thought that I would try plant from Starks have bought from you before with good results.
Roger P on Jun 5, 2019
I have always liked these! they are very expensive if you find them in the grocery store
Steve J on May 9, 2019
We love boysenberries & now that we bought this house,,, we have room to plant what we like.
Carol F on Apr 17, 2019
Best tasting Berry!
Sally H on Mar 11, 2019
I had boysenberry plant previously and love them. Also, they are planted in such a way as a preventive tool to protect my backyard from subjects that may have had thoughts of coming over!
James M on Mar 2, 2019
Boysenberry flavor is unreal. I like my own plants because you can't get them in the store. I purchased from Stark Bros. because I like that they are from the original cultivars, not thornless etc.
William R on Feb 27, 2019
BOUGHT BEFORE WANTED MORE
KENNETH G on Feb 13, 2019
Love boysenberries
FARROKH T on Feb 5, 2019
My Grandkids and our family love boysenberries.
David S on Jan 23, 2019
The recipient asked for boysenberry plants for her birthday
DEANNA G on Jan 18, 2019
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
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
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
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.
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.

Mike
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: The first year you plant it, no it doesn???t do much. The second year you will be amazed at the new growth and how they spread out
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.
are thornless boysenberries really thornless?
Wayne E on Sep 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our boysenberries are not described as thorn less unfortunatle these will be thorny.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Does boysenberry plants has thorn?
Sophie R on Aug 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unless otherwise specified, all boysenberries have thorny canes. Thorny varieties are supposedly more cold-tolerant than thornless types, even though their published USDA hardiness zones are the same.
How deep should the hole be for the Bosenberry bush?
Clara T on Jul 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We recommend digging your hole 1-2 feet deep.
Can you ship boysenberries to Nova Scotia?
Joanne W on Jun 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship products outside the United States, or to Hawaii.
Which makes sweetest pie, marionberry or boysenberry? My favorite used to be boysenberry.
Connie C on May 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Since I have never had a Marionberry pie, or to my knowledge even tasted a Marionberry, I feel unable to respond to your inquiry. Sorry.
are boysenberries seed less?
Marty D on Apr 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Interesting question, if they have seeds, I sure don't notice them when I'm eating them. Pretty similar to a Blackberry I would say.
Can anyone suggest good companion plants for Boysenberries?
Lila W on Mar 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine with blackberries. The boysenberries spread out so they need room.
Has anyone planted these in the Phoenix area?
DEBORAH M R on Jun 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Had them in CA growing up and now live in PA bought 2 little plants last summer and they are spreading like crazy. Cant wait

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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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Boysenberry
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Boysenberry
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 5 years ago