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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.


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
A favorite berry from childhood
Carla Z on Sep 21, 2019
My wife's favorite and great for our climate zone.
Brian F on Sep 9, 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
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
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
Rick 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 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
3 pack is a great deal and I love having a variety of berries for my perennial garden
Leah S on Sep 2, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Do Boysenberry plants root when the tips hit the soil?
Tim M on Aug 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No they grow out from the root base, mine are in their second season and pretty much haven't spread.
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.
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.
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
Can I grow this in a large pot?
Skyethorn on May 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You sure can. It will grow like a dwarf miniature tree/bush, depending upon how you prune it. This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
How do keep them cool or damp or? We may not be able to plant them right Untill we plant the bare root boysenberries, how do we treat them? Keep them cool or damp or?
Donna on Mar 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mother Nature can be so unpredictable. :-) Here is a guide that tells you exactly what to do if you can't plant right away: //
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.

Customer Reviews

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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
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 3 years ago
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 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 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
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 5 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 3 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 4 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
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 4 years ago