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PlantFiles: Thornless Blackberry
Rubus 'Arapaho'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Cultivar: Arapaho

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DATURA12 On Oct 25, 2010, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fast grower, Self-fertile

Neutral jsaiia On Jul 13, 2008, jsaiia from Vincentown, NJ wrote:

This is my frist year with this blackberry here in Southern New Jersey. Have had one or two berries but mostly foilage. The plant is growing terrifically, however and I have high hopes for next season!

Positive gray_53 On Apr 7, 2008, gray_53 from Mcdonough, GA wrote:

They definitely need full sun, as I learned the hard way :(
They do have really nice fall foliage, a bronzish-red.
I am waiting to see if they bear fruit this year.
UPDATE: It is mid-May. They have just finished flowering and have small fruits already.

Positive gtanse On Feb 22, 2008, gtanse from Blanchard, OK wrote:

I have been growing this plant for two years. It is doing well in clay soil with limited irrigation. The fruit has a good flavor, it has vigorous growth with no fungus or pest infestations.

Positive rubus On Dec 31, 2004, rubus from vancouver
Canada wrote:

I am growing Arapaho in Vancouver B. C. I have only grown it for one year. It will grow to at least 12 feet in this climate. I cut off the last foot when it reached 7 1/2 feet height. It produces lots of laterals which should be pruned back to about a foot in winter. It is erect and thornless with moderate sized berries. The flavour is pleasant but not intense. I will be moving it to a position of full sun for next year and expect the flavour to get better. I love the characteristics of the plant compared with the thorny, trailing varieties that I grow (Logan, Boysen, etc.). I hope the flavour is good enough to grow a whole row of them. I will find out next year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gaylesville, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Mcdonough, Georgia
Thomasville, Georgia
Greenup, Illinois
Crestwood, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Danvers, Massachusetts
Hull, Massachusetts
Florence, Mississippi
Lodgepole, Nebraska
Vincentown, New Jersey
Honeoye Falls, New York
Edon, Ohio
Blanchard, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Baden, Pennsylvania
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Clute, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Lockhart, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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