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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Early Fresh Market Blackberry Cultivars
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  • ORUS 828-42 x ORUS 1122-1
  • Very early and productive
  • Large fruit
  • Excellent flavor
  • Retains color in refrigerator and freezer
  • Vigorous plant with long laterals
  • Ships well in wet year (2005)
  • Plants available



Obsidian berries 

Obsidian berries 


Finn, C.E., B. Yorgey, B.C. Strik, R.R. Martin, and C. Kempler. 2005. ‘Obsidian’ trailing blackberry. HortScience 40:2185-2188.





  • ‘Douglass’ x ‘Kotata’
  • Very early
  • Productive
  • ‘Kotata’ size


  • Excellent flavor
  • Firm and very uniform shape
  • Vigorous plant with stiff laterals
  • Plants available from nursery



'Metolius' berries 

'Metolius' berries 


Finn, C.E., B. Yorgey, B.C. Strik, and R.R. Martin. 2005. ‘Metolius’ trailing blackberry. HortScience 40:2189-2191.




 'Sivan', 'Metolius', and 'Obsidian'







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Scientist: Chad Finn




Last Modified: 1/7/2013