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Description

Also called marion blackberry

Sweet-tart berries with complex flavor. Conical-shaped fruit is high in vitamins, antioxidants, and is a good source of fiber. Prized fruit in the Pacific Northwest – favored in pies, jams, jellies, and syrups. Plant has a trailing growth habit. Descendent of native blackberries, raspberries, and loganberries. Originates from Oregon State University in 1945 and named for Marion County, Oregon. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating. (Rubus Chehalem x Rubus Olallie)

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest June-july
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm, Juicy
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 2 - 3' 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.

Shipping Information

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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I love these berries!!!
JOANNE G on Apr 21, 2018
Grew them in Ojai , Ca and loved them !
Richard M on Feb 23, 2017
I love these berries!!!
JOANNE G on Apr 21, 2018
Picked this as a child and love the flavor
CHERYL B on Feb 3, 2018
Grew them in Ojai , Ca and loved them !
Richard M on Feb 23, 2017
Best blackberry ever!!!
Leigh B on Aug 24, 2016
I moved to the east coast from Oregon and miss these terribly!
LisaBeth K on Apr 21, 2016
Love the Berry, if I can get them before the birds do.
Robert H on Apr 16, 2016
None of the retailers or large nurseries in my area are offering the plants I ordered. So glad to be able to get these!
Karin O on Mar 31, 2016
I grew up in Washington state and always went to farmers markets. I loved and still love Marionberries but not many people know about them in Oklahoma where I live now. I excited to try them out on my farm.
Sierra C on Mar 3, 2016
Picked this as a child and love the flavor
CHERYL B on Feb 3, 2018
Best blackberry ever!!!
Leigh B on Aug 24, 2016
Are these marionberry plants thornless?
Francis K on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. They have lots of thorns, even on the leaves.
what month do you pant marionberriy?
Irmadelrio on Jun 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In my limited experience brambles can be planted anytime. I am in zone 8b (the middle of SC) with very erratic weather from January to Easter (the 30s to the 70s during that time frame). Even if they get a cold burn they will probably come back. Two things you might want to consider, however: they are unbelievably thorny (!!!!) and they send out very long runners. I haven???t had much in the way of fruit from these and might take them out if they don???t improve. I would strongly recommend Chester blackberries or boysenberries instead. They churn out sweet fruit and are much more upright and thornless!
Do these berries have thorns?
Joyce T on Mar 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but not bad like Himalayan Blackberries, more like Oregon native blackberries. I'm going by memory - I can check this weekend and will update if investigation reveals otherwise. We planted these last fall and they are just starting their spring growth.
Does Marionberry plants have thorns?
Doug K on Nov 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Most definitely. They are very thorny with thorns even on the leaves. But the taste is superb and so I put up with the thorns. Just wear good gloves.
have a row of marion berries how do I propagate?
Darryl M on Jun 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Near the end of Summer let the end of some of the vines rest on the soil. They will take root and next Spring you can transplant your new plants.
? How far apart so you plant them
Robert B on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Recommended spacing is listed in the Size & Spacing section. Marionberries require spacing of 5-6' apart.

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Marionberry won't grow in central TX.
It did not do well at all. It died after the first year. I planted it in my blackberry patch, giving it the same care as the other berries. It didn't grow, turned yellow and died. I have a very green thumb so this isn 't the right climate for the Marionberry.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Trying this in large pots
These are doing well and fruiting, but since I live in an inland hot area of California they must be kept in afternoon shade. Fertilizing helps!
May 19, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Good producer and good flavor
I planted my Marionberries last year and they are already giving me berries and producing very strong shoots for next years crop. I am very pleased with the quality of these berry plants.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Waiting
I have had this for 3 years!!!! Just now blooming and fruiting. Can't wait to try them.
May 9, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Marionberry 1st full year
Well, my Marionberry plants weathered well during past winter here in central Ohio. I left the canes growing along the ground over the winter and behold, great growth this year and now supporting on a trellis via stakes and strung wires between. Only expect a few marionberries this year based on the flowering I have but should be prolific in coming years. Time will tell. Thanks Stark for a great and viable plant. - Craig
June 14, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Marionberries
The plants were delivered fast and healthy! They are hardy!!
June 20, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Received last year .Have several blooms today and looking forward to fresh berries soon.Thank you
May 28, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Marionberry
Try as we might, this experienced grower with over 25 years of commercial growing e perience, could not get the thorny marionberry to survive! (Twice)
May 13, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Marionberry
They took off and grow like weeds that is great. They have the best test.
August 7, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
I was so excited to plant these
I planted these and they were watered regularly, with sprinkler system. They were slow to grow and did not preform as I thought it would. They struggled all year, never taking off like my other berries have. This year they are not coming back and our winter was mild.
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago