Prime Ark® Freedom Blackberry Bush

Prime Ark® Freedom Blackberry Bush

6 reviews
  • Large

  • sweet fruit

  • Thornless

  • Self-fertile

  • Disease resistant

Regular price $39.99 Sale price $24.99 38% off

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Thornless Blackberry Variety Produces Bushels of Fruit!

If you are looking to harvest blackberries right in your own backyard, the Prime Ark® Freedom blackberry bush is the perfect choice for you! This thornless blackberry has large berries and good flavor.

This blackberry variety is disease resistant and drought tolerant. The fruit bush will start to flower in the early spring. The fruiting season will begin to ripen its large sweet fruit in July all the way through the first frost. The more fruit you pick will increase the number of fruit the following year.

The Prime Ark blackberry is free of pesky thorns, and produces black berries large to extra large in size, have a sweet taste, and are firm in texture. Similar to its thornless berry relative, the triple crown blackberry.

The fruit size alone is a good reason to plant these blackberry plants. They are perfect for home gardeners and can even be grown in containers wherever the climate is suitable. Prime ark blackberries grow up to 4-5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide at maturity. Kids love blackberries too!


The Prime Ark Freedom does best in full sun and loamy, well-drained soil. It can tolerate clay soil as long as the watering schedule is kept up to date. The bush prefers soil moist to establish its strong root system during the first growing season. Good drainage is essential to prevent root rot as well as annual soil amendments such as a slow release fertilizer in the spring will help when producing fruit.

It is self-pollinating and can grow across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 4-8. This blackberry variety exhibits excellent cold hardiness and plants will survive the winter temperatures if covered during hard freezes.

The blackberry plant was originally part of the University of Arkansas’s primocane breeding program and is the first thornless primocane fruiting blackberry variety of its kind. This means more blackberry fruit faster as it fruits on new growth, unlike most other blackberries.

This extends the fruit harvest time too. So as the new canes produce early season berries, the older canes will produce later season berries on previous year’s canes. The semi erect canes will eventually need to be pruned after they have fruited 2 times.

This blackberry plant ships rooted in soil in a container. They do not ship bare root. Plants will arrive in excellent condition. They are very hardy. If this is not the case, please contact us.

This summer bearing blackberry bush will start to flower and bear fruit + delicious berries in the first year of planting.

Shop our Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry plant for sale for an easy to grow fruit bush

Read our Berry Important Berry blog and Growing Fruit Trees in Containers for more information on other kinds of berry bushes.

Shipping information

Once your Prime Ark® Freedom Blackberry Bush order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Rubus fruticosus 'Prime-Ark® Freedom'

Full Sun

Foliage Color

Mature Width
3-4 ft

Mature Height
4-5 ft

Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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Deanna G.
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I haven’t received them yet

Ray H.
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Awesome Blueberry and Blackberry plants

Just took delivery of my blueberry and blackberry plants. I couldn't believe it when I opened the box...My plants were securely packaged and loaded with berries and blossoms. They looked incredible. Perfect Plants is putting it lightly. They are just awesome. Can't wait to harvest these berries. I highly recommend this company.

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Bonnie L.

The Prime Arc Freedom Blackberry bushes I got from you are top rate and I couldn't be happier. You have wonderful customer service, Bela was very friendly and very helpful. I know that I will definitely be reordering from Perfect Plants Nursery in the future!!! Oh, I have also recommended you to all my friends!!!


Perfect Plants

Hey Bonnie, That's awesome! Thank you so much for the review and hope that you and the Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry Bush are doing stellar! We look forward to you and your friends, continued support!

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