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Rubus fruiticosus 'Black Satin'

Common Name:
Thornless Blackberry
Plant Type:
Perennial, Vegetable
Sun to Part Shade
Hardiness Zone:
Bloom Color:
Bloom Time:
Garden Height:
5-6 Feet
Garden Spread:
4-6 Feet
  • Thornless canes
  • Tasty, large berries
  • Fast growing & a reliable producer

Sweet, delicious blackberries are borne in late summer on mostly thornless canes. As yummy as they are nutritious, the berries are large, firm but juicy, full of flavor. They are wonderful to eat fresh off the plant, but also make great jams and jellies, pies, cobblers...well, you get the idea. Such an easy fruit to grow in most yards, as it can handle sun or shadier exposures. Self-fruitful, so does not require a separate pollinizor to bear fruit.

Uses: Cottage Gardens, Erosion Control, Naturalzing, Slopes, Vegetable Gardens, Woodland Gardens
Nature Attraction: Birds, Bees, Butterflies
Notable Features: Edible, Thornless, Fast Growing, Easy Care
Growth Habit: Arching Canes, Spreads by Rhizomes

Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in sun to partial shade in moist, but well-drained, moderately fertile, acidic soil. Amend with compost before planting, and apply mulch afterward. After the first year, apply an all-purpose, granular fertilizer at half the recommended rate in spring, as growth resumes; another feeding may be applied in autumn, if desired. Plants may be divided in early spring.

Annual pruning:
Blackberries and raspberries flower and fruit on two year-old canes. At the end of the season, after harvesting, canes that bore fruit should be cut to the ground (you'll see the remains of the spent flower clusters on those stems), leaving the new canes that appeared this year. Those will be the ones that flower and bear fruit next year. This simple, regular pruning routine will ensure that the plant's energy goes into the most productive stems, for the best harvest possible. It will also keep the plant from becoming a tangled thicket!

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