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PlantFiles: Thornless Blackberry
Rubus 'Navaho'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Cultivar: Navaho
Additional cultivar information: (PP06679)
Hybridized by Moore; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1989

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

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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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mudpie_mommie On May 13, 2013, mudpie_mommie from Gorman, TX wrote:

We planted Navaho and Arapaho varieties at the same time (2009). Only the Navaho have done anything at all. They produce well. Last year, we added Apache and a Black Satin, but only the Apache, Arapaho, and Navaho made it through our Texas drought. This year, I am adding some Ouachita to see how this works out, but so far Navaho have been good producers and have grown and spread vigorously while the other varieties have struggled. It is a little early to tell with all except the Arapaho and Navaho, but if you want a thornless blackberry that seems able to withstand Texas heat and drought conditions, Navaho is the one.

Neutral vossner On Mar 26, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

First ever thornless blackberry introduced in 1988. Since I'm in z9a, this variety may not do well in my area but I see it at the local garden centers every year. I decided to give it a try and planted in an area that gets a little bit of afternoon shade.

Positive SweetArlene On Mar 29, 2007, SweetArlene from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted this plant, Rubus occidentalis 'Navaho" PP6679, in the spring of 2006, I live near Grapevine Texas and it survived a very hot summer w/ drought. This year, 2007, it has put out new canes, covered the old canes with green growth and is loaded with flower buds, I am excited, I found another 'Navaho" this month and planted it with the older plant. Today I found the "Arapaho" variety and planted it this evening. I will upload a photo when the flowers are blooming.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 6, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Excellent quality mid-summer blackberries are the product of this upright 6-8' thornless, self-fruitful variety; prune canes (that have fruited) to the ground in fall. Hardy to zone 5.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Greensboro, Alabama
Orlando, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Florence, Mississippi
Saucier, Mississippi
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Cibolo, Texas
Gorman, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
Roanoke, Texas

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