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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Blackberries or Raspberries?

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Carol7

(Zone 7b)

April 22, 2001
3:28 PM

Post #3973

We discovered another treasure this morning. It's either blackberry or raspberry bushes. Is there's any way to differenciate between the two before the berries ripen? Thanks!
Linnea
Tilton, NH
(Zone 4a)

April 22, 2001
4:03 PM

Post #69885

Yes, the most obvious way is to look at the thorns. Blackberry thorns are cat's claw shaped and quite sturdy. Raspberries have lots and lots of weak bristles. Also, the canes are different, and the leaves, but you should be able to tell by the thorns.
Mary

April 22, 2001
4:46 PM

Post #69898

Also, blackberry shoots just go on and on, to several feet, and then they can root at the tips, but raspberry canes stay much smaller and bushier
Carol7

(Zone 7b)

April 22, 2001
5:11 PM

Post #69902

It's blackberries! Thanks for making the Id so easy! When I went out to check I found more. Any tips on how to maintain/control them? I'm only good at picking and eating them right now. ;o) Carol

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