Rubus ursinus x hybrid
Also known as American Bramble. Cross between Marionberry and a seedling cross between Pacific and Boysen.
Plants are best grown with support from a boundary fence or similar as they have a trailing habit, try in a planter box against a wall, tied down with wire for support. Ideal in smaller gardens.
High in vitamin C.
How to Eat
Be decadent and eat them straight off the plant or get creative in a pie, jam or smoothie. Remember you can freeze them and use later.
Heavy yielding plant.
Generic Fruiting Time
Full sun to partial shade.
Protect from hot winds.
Temperate and sub-tropical climates.
Prefers slightly acidic well drained soil with generous amounts of well rotted organic matter.
Silvanberries are gross feeders. Apply regular applications of liquid fertiliser through the growing season and mulch with organic matter to protect the surface roots.
In winter when the plant is dormant gather up the canes and train along the trellis. Cut out the weak, fruited and old canes. Youngberries have a sprawling habit so keep canes off the ground as they will root themselves at a node.
Apply several copper sprays in winter for fungal disease control. Planted in an open space with free air flow will help keep diseases at bay. DO NOT spray within seven days of harvest. Protect from birds with bird netting.