Blackberry 'Chester'

Rubus fruticosus 'Chester' | Also known as: European Blackberry 'Chester', Bramble 'Chester' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Rubus fruticosus, Blackberry or Bramble is a common plant with edible fruit, often found in the wild. The leaves are dark green and toothed, it has white flowers and produces tasty fruit, perfect for an apple and blackberry pie. The fruit can be rather tart so you may need to add some sugar! It will spread and spread so you'll need to cut it back regularly. It can be trained to create a hedge or screen. The fruit starts out red and matures to a deep black. The berry is not in fact one berry, but a cluster of small berries creating one fruit. Nutrition wise, blackberries are one of the healthiest berries you can eat, they are also low in calories.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1 - 1.6
Spread [m]
  • 1 - 1.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 45 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Colours
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years