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Thornless Processing Blackberry Cultivars
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‘Black Diamond’

 

  • ‘Kotata’ x NZ 8610L-163
  • Thornless
  • Machine harvestable
  • Productive
  • Larger and much firmer than ‘Marion
  • Good flavor and fruit quality
  • Very favorable response in grower trials
  • Selected in Oregon in 1996
  • #1 for blackberry sales in 2004-2005

 

 

'Black Diamond' berries 

'Black Diamond' berry bush 

 

 

Finn, C.E., B. Yorgey, B.C. Strik, H.H. Hall, R.R. Martin and M.C. Qian. 2005. ‘Black Diamond’ trailing thornless blackberry. HortScience 40:2175-2178.

 

 

Yorgey, B. and C.E. Finn. 2005. Comparison of ‘Marion’ to thornless blackberry genotypes as individually quick frozen and puree products. HortScience 40:513-515.

 

 

 

‘Black Pearl

 

  • ORUS 1117-11 x ORUS 728-3
  • Thornless
  • Machine harvestable
  • Yield and fruit size similar to ‘Marion
  • Very good flavor and fruit quality in blind panels
  • Available from nurseries

 

 

'Black Pearl' berries 

'Black Pearl' berry bush 

 

 

Finn, C.E., B. Yorgey, B.C. Strik, R.R. Martin and M.C. Qian. ‘Black Pearl’ trailing thornless blackberry. HortScience 40:2179-2181.

 

 

Yorgey, B. and C.E. Finn. 2005. Comparison of ‘Marion’ to thornless blackberry genotypes as individually quick frozen and puree products. HortScience 40:513-515.

 

 

 

‘Nightfall’

 

  • Marion’ x ‘Waldo’
  • Thornless
  • Similar season to ‘Marion
  • High yield
  • Large fruit with acceptable firmness and color
  • Tart flavor
  • Plants available from nurseries

 

 

'Nightfall' berries 

'Nightfall' berry bush 

 

 

Finn, C.E., B. Yorgey, B.C. Strik, R.R. Martin and M.C. Qian. ‘Nightfall’ trailing thornless blackberry. HortScience 40:2182-2184.

 

 

Yorgey, B. and C.E. Finn. 2005. Comparison of ‘Marion’ to thornless blackberry genotypes as individually quick frozen and puree products. HortScience 40:513-515.

 

 

 

 

ORUS 1843-3 "Thornless Wild"

 

  • ‘Waldo’ x Rubus ursinus
  • Machine harvestable
  • May be best in alternate year production as canes are thin and can break with rough training
  • Selections combine the best of ‘Waldo’ and native R. ursinius: 

     ‘Waldo’

      • Thornless
      • Foliar disease tolerant
      • Yield

     R. ursinius

      • Excellent flavor
      • Growth habit
      • Fruit size

 

 

 

'Thornless Wild' berry bush 

 

 

Yorgey, B. and C.E. Finn. 2005. Comparison of ‘Marion’ to thornless blackberry genotypes as individually quick frozen and puree products. HortScience 40:513-515.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scientist: Chad Finn

 

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