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Blackberry, ‘Marion’

Marionberry
Rosaceae
Edible fruit, Perennials

Developed by a USDA cross of  ‘Chehalem’ x ‘Olallie’ berries, this is a trailing, midseason berry whose rich, flavorful fruit sets the standard. Thorny canes can grow 10 ft. in a season, but are commonly controlled by pruning and trellising. Roots are perennial, but canes are biennial: they grow to full length the first season. The second season they bear clusters of white flowers followed by fruit.

‘Marion’ types include ‘Black Diamond’, a thornless variety; late-ripening ‘Waldo’, with berries that maintain their shape when cooked; and ‘Black Butte’, ‘Silvan’, and ‘Siskiyou’, all early ripeners with excellent flavor.

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