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Rubus fruticosus 'Kiowa'

Kiowa Blackberry

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Kiowa Blackberry is an early ripening variety of the deciduous shrub that produces the largest blackberries (3”) and has sturdy erect canes that do not need staking.  The pink-white rose-like flowers give way to clusters of fruits in which ripen in summer.  Fruits best in full sun and rich, moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils.  Kiowa is self fruiting and has good disease resistance, but intolerant of wet soils. 

Type: 

Shrub 

Height: 

4' - 5'

Spread: 

3’ - 5'

Spacing: 

4'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 8

Culture: 

Full SunPartial Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest: 

Summer

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Medium Maintenance.  Water regularly. Remove fruiting canes to the ground immediately after harvest, non-fruiting canes can be tip pruned in summer.  Generally performs best when staked. Wilt, Anthracnose, and botrytis can be serious disease problems. Cane and crown borers are potential pest issues.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersNaturalized AreasWildlife GardenEdible Gardens, Hedges, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Chives, Rose, Serviceberry

 Image: Photo by Bottoms Nursery, Kiowa Blackberry


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