Thornless Blackberry
Rubus fruticosus 'Black Satin'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Species: fruticosus (froo-tih-KOH-sus) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Satin

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

By grafting

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

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Capistrano Beach, California

El Sobrante, California

La Habra, California

Chicago, Illinois

Greenup, Illinois

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 22, 2015, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very easy to grow and fruit!

Neutral

On Jun 20, 2013, AFL from El Sobrante, CA wrote:

Low-growing (~3ft), thornless.
Needs support to keep berries off the ground.
Longer blooming than my other thornless berries.
Extremely heavy bearing, small, longish tasty berries, but erratic:
1st season: 40% sunburned berries (despite partial shade)
2nd season: no canes at all (died from heavy production?)
3rd season: Voila! Still alive ~3ft primocanes
4th season: Loaded!!, no sunburn yet (still red, 06/20/13, El Sobrante, CA). Again, no evidence of canes for next year's crop.
No pest/bird damage (unlike my other berries).

Positive

On Jan 31, 2011, drfarm from Palisade, CO wrote:

peacefull vally farm,in grass valley,calif is an organic farm has these plants

Positive

On May 31, 2008, Lodewijkp from Zwolle
Netherlands (Zone 7a) wrote:

a bramble cultivar that has been hybridized between other raspberry's.

Thornless and got bigger leaves. Can grow up to more then 12 meter in tropical or subtropical climates but wil grow 10 meters in temperate. Will bear alot of fruits and somehow the insects and birds leave it alone. Needs full sun or partial sun for fruit production

Never cut down to ground level because new shoot with spines wil emerge. If spines do emerge cut them down


Pros

Disease resistent
Big, Bigger ! can reach up to 8 meters in one year !
No spines!
Big leaves - wow
Alot of medium to large sized fruits !
Nice fall color
Nice glossy fruit color.
Packing compact bunches of fruits , easy to harvest.<... read more

Neutral

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

This upright-growing, vigorous plant produces good crops of dark juicy berries.