The Arapaho Blackberry plants is a fruit shrub, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces. It’s is an erect, early-ripening, thornless shrub that produces large red and black fruit. The berries are firm and tasty with small seeds — good for making jams and syrups. And there’s no need for a trellis, as this plant is self-supporting. The arapaho blackberry can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. It grows to a height of 4–6′ and a spread of around 4′ at maturity. Growth Rate
This shrub grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12″ to 24″ per year.
Sun Preference
Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
Soil Preference
The Arapaho blackberry grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, silty loam and well-drained soils.
This shrub:
Yields ripe fruit typically in early to mid-June. It ripens the earliest of all thornless blackberries.
Bears fruit on 2-year-old canes.
Is self-fertile, meaning it does not require another type of blackberry for pollination.
Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 400–500. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
Produces large, glossy red and black berries with small seeds–great for jams and syrups.
Is a self-supporting plant, requiring no trellis.
Grows in a rounded shape.
Tolerates heat.
Requires acidic soil.
Wildlife Value
The shrub provides nutrition for bees in early summer. Birds and other animals enjoy the berries.