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Dewberry, 'Lucretia'

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!
The 'Lucretia' plant produces early ripening berries on trailing vines which can be easily trained on a trellis or stakes. This support makes harvesting easier and also helps keep the fruit clean. 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 Dewberry, Rubus roribaccus 'Lucretia'
Height 3-4'
Spacing Width 4-6 ft.
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Dark Purple-Black
Harvest Mid-Late Summer

General Information +

General Characteristics: First to ripen; sweet, vines close to ground. A cousin of the blackberry! If left to ramble, plants produce a 2- to 3-foot deep tangle of thorny stems. Trellising them can enhance fruit production, or you can train them on fence as a privacy screen. Blackberry-like dark green foliage and early summer flowers have decorative value in the landscape, and the long shiny black berries produced in mid to late summer are scrumptious. Use them as you would any berries in jams, pies, cobblers, turnovers, or just pick and gobble them fresh from the vine.

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.