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The ‘Loganberry’ is the favorite for home gardens. It bears large, deep wine-red berries that are a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry. Loganberries ripen in July and are strong & vigorous growers. Berries should be allowed to darken to a deep wine-red to purple color before picking to obtain the best-flavored fruit. The loganberry is slightly longer than a raspberry with a juicier and sharper flavor. Loganberries are undemanding and easy to grow, and continue to fruit for many years. The rich, fresh tasting flavor of the loganberry will leave you wanting for more. This is a vigorous, trailing plant that is a favorite for making syrup, preserves and desserts. Loganberries have a distinct and moderately tart flavor, small seed and like the red raspberry, contain a hollow core.

Raised from seed by James Harvey Logan, a lawyer and amateur horticulturist, the plant is thought to be a hybrid between the wild blackberry (Rubus ursinus) of the Pacific coast and the red raspberry (Rubus idaeus), a cosmopolitan species. It is grown in large quantities in Oregon and Washington and is also cultivated in England and Australia, among other places. The fruit is canned, frozen for preserve or pie stock, or made into wine.

The loganberry is a vigorous, nearly trailing plant with compound leaves of three to five leaflets and prickly canes. Its deep wine-red, tart, high-flavored fruit is technically an aggregate of druplets and is hollow like a blackberry. The plants are hardy and fairly resistent to disease and frost. Hybrids without prickles have been developed.

Plant Details +

Botanical Rubus loganobaccus
Common Name Loganberry
Family Rosaceae
Height 4-6'
Spacing 6'
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Deep wine-red to purple
Harvest 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 roots meet the stem) is about 1-2" below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize newly set plants 2-3 weeks after planting and again in early summer. Water well during growth, and consider mulching to conserve water until the following spring, when the mulch should be removed to let the plants warm up. In winter, cut back to about 5 canes per crown. Cane berries prefer a deep, well-drained, fertile soil. Thrive in most soil types. Plant late winter to early spring. Space 3' in a row with 8'-10' between rows.

Pests or Diseases: Virus Free