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)

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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
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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 2 - 3' 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.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
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In my words. These are the best blackberries around.
Geoff on Apr 11, 2021
Grows in AZ
Stanley O on Oct 21, 2020
In my words. These are the best blackberries around.
Geoff on Apr 11, 2021
It's the best berry in the world
John T on Apr 8, 2021
Grows in AZ
Stanley O on Oct 21, 2020
wanted a blackberry that had thorns on it for fence in the yard for 2 reasons one natural barb wire and two to fill in cyclone fence for more privacy.
miles m on Jun 26, 2020
I live Marion berries
Roger F on Jun 21, 2020
Marionberries taste a thousand times better than standard blackberries, and I've always wanted to try growing some after picking them wild in Oregon years ago. I was very excited to see that they have potential to develop in my zone and with 6 plants in a pack, I'm sure I'll manage to keep at least one alive, lol.
Makaylaki O on Jun 20, 2020
Wanted to see if they will grow in my area. I like Marionberry Pie!
Carl H on Mar 31, 2020
I saw them in Organ and decided to try them
Bill T on Mar 17, 2020
Love Marionberry, I have been adding to my adding to my berry collection
Marvin F on Feb 23, 2020
This one of the few plants compatible with my zone of 9a.
Kristen E on Jan 4, 2020
Darrell C on Nov 4, 2019
Ii love the taste
CHARLES F on Oct 20, 2019
Loved these as a kid!
Lindday N on Sep 13, 2019
My sister has these and they are great!!
Phyllis L on May 21, 2019
Love ???em.
Paul J on Apr 5, 2019
Had some customers ask for Marionberry jam. Going to try it.
Chuck on Mar 5, 2019
Trying different fruits
FARROKH T on Feb 5, 2019
They grow very well in our region.
Mike on Jan 13, 2019
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 !
Rick 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
It's the best berry in the world
John T on Apr 8, 2021
wanted a blackberry that had thorns on it for fence in the yard for 2 reasons one natural barb wire and two to fill in cyclone fence for more privacy.
miles m on Jun 26, 2020
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!
can you grow marionberrys and rasberries close together?
Bill T on Nov 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in a continuous row with my raspberries . They all seemed
to do fine.
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.
Will marionberry naturalize?
Deborah a on Sep 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will. Marionberries are a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry, and have similar growing habits.
Can I plant Marionberry bush near red raspberry bushes?
Patty on Jan 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No you should not. They are part of the bramble (blackberry) family.
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.
What is a cell pack?
Pam d on May 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: How many plants come with an order. You get 3 small starts with the basic order
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.
How old are your Marion Berry plants? Aprox size/height?
Steve S on Mar 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. They are 1 year old in the cell packs and will range between 4- 12 inches. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Am I purchasing seeds or a plant?
Gianna C on Jun 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are only available as 1 year old plants in a 6 pack for $29.99

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Does PKG 3 mean there are 3 plants?
jseverus on Feb 29, 2020
are theses thornless marionberrys?
Sandi K on Oct 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Sandy, This is a really good question. These plants are very thorny. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
i bought marionberrry plants in the spring and they grew fabulously. Did not bear -- I did not expect them to. Some of the primary vines are now 10 feet long. Do I prune them back to the other vines?? I am in zone 6a and will need to protect
Larry M on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Don't prune until spring. I am in 6a and don't do anything to protect.
Are they thornless ??
Sallie M on Jun 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No they are not thornless but the thorns appear to be smaller than blackberries.
are they shipped potted ?
Debbie H on Apr 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They are potted, either in a 3- or 6-pack or a gallon container.

A Jumbo Cell Pack is a bigger version of the divided 6-packs in which you might have bought annuals or vegetable plants in at a garden center. These one-year-old plants are new starts - about 4-6" tall - and will grow rapidly during the next growing season.

The 1-gallon plant is in a #1 trade gallon pot (about 2/3 of a standard gallon) and is two years old, and has an an advanced root system. These plants are two years old and about a foot tall at shipping.
How big are the cell pack plants and gallon plants and how long before each would produce?
David K on Feb 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The age and size information for our marionberry is as follows: 4??? pot: 6-12 months old and 4??? tall; Small gallon container: 2 years old and 12??? tall. Marionberries typically take 1-2 years after planting to reach maturity and bear fruit. The gallon pot will, of course, bear sooner than the smaller plants.
Do you think marionberrys will grow in phoenix arizona?
Bernice E on Jan 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your exact location.
? 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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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
over 6 years ago
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
over 6 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
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
over 6 years ago
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
over 6 years ago
The plants were delivered fast and healthy! They are hardy!!
June 20, 2018
over 3 years ago
I have had this for 3 years!!!! Just now blooming and fruiting. Can't wait to try them.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Received last year .Have several blooms today and looking forward to fresh berries soon.Thank you
May 28, 2018
over 4 years ago
I love marionberries
However in this part of New York they are not thriving. I will miss the sweet berries but I think the heat and humidity are too much.
August 5, 2019
over 2 years ago
so far waiting
So I planted them last year and they only got a few leaves. This spring they are getting a few leaves but too early to tell how they will be doing in the middle of summer
May 16, 2019
over 2 years ago