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Dewberry, ‘Austin’

The ‘Austin’ Dewberry plant will produce a large crop of berries without requiring much tending. It is commonly used for its edible fruit and it’s great for making cobblers, pies, and even jellies. The berries can also be used to make delicious cakes. Large, sweet and juicy, flavorful fruit. The ‘Austin’ Dewberry ripens early; beginning to form berries in May and extending for 30-45 days. ‘Austin’ is very popular in the South, produce in mid-June. ‘Austin’ Dewberry grew from plants that were selections from Native American trailing blackberry bushes that were superior to the original parents in size, flavor and production. Needs some support otherwise it will trail on the ground. It does not grow erect or semi-erect like other blackberries, however, the vines can climb to some extent above older canes which is desirable in keeping the berries lifted out of the dirt. Well adapted to heat, tender in the cold winter climates. In northern climates the vines should be laid on the ground and protected for the winter with straw or other material. This same mulch may be used to spread around the plant in the spring to help prevent sucker growth.

Plant Details +

Botanical Rubus caesius 'Austin'
Height 3'
Spacing Width 3-4 ft. Plant 5 ft. apart
Hardiness Zones 6-9
Foliage Green
Fruit Dark Purple-Black
Harvest Early Summer

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 3 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.