Arapaho Blackberry Bush

Product Description

The Arapaho Blackberry bush is a great addition to your fruit tree collection for any home gardener – novice or expert alike!

The Arapaho Thornless blackberry bush is an early ripening variety that produces medium to large sized black berries during early to mid summer. During mid June and July, you will be able to pick the sweet, juicy berries off the bush for enjoying fresh, or baking into cobblers, jams, or blackberry jelly. The fruit is 1-2 inches in size and has small seeds throughout.

Early spring months bring a gorgeous white flower that eventually matures to the blackberry we know and love. The fruit plant has dark green foliage that will stay green for most of the year. During the winter months, the low temperatures will cause the leaves to turn reddish.

With very little care and maintenance to keep it thriving and producing berries, the Arapaho Erect Thornless Blackberry Bush grows easily in the ground or planted in containers.

Arapaho Blackberry Care

Growing the Arapaho Blackberry plant is very easy! Arapaho Blackberry zones are approved across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 4-9. Full sun is required for proper fruit production but in the warm climates of the South, partial shade is tolerated during the afternoon to protect against the hot sun. At least 6 hours of full sun is needed.

Moist well-draining soil is the best with a slightly acidic pH. Blackberry shrubs don’t like wet feet but it is important to keep the soil moist during the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.

Arapaho berry bush is self-fertile meaning it does not need another pollinator nearby to produce fruit. The best time to plant Arapaho blackberries is in early spring or fall. The plant is pest and disease resistant.

Arapaho Blackberry Pruning

It is necessary to prune blackberries annually to get loads of juicy berries. At any time of the year, you can prune crossed or dead branches to encourage new growth. In late winter, prune back last year’s fruiting canes. The blackberry bush will produce fruit on new growth. Arapaho blackberry trellises are not required by any means but many provide support and vertical height for the plants to grow upwards.

Arapaho Blackberry Spacing

The Arapaho Blackberry mature size is up to 4-6 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. When planted in the ground, the blackberry plant should be spaced at least 3 feet apart to allow room for proper root development. These thornless blackberries will also produce suckers and spread in the area they are planted in which means more berries for you! The thornless blackberry growth rate is up to 1-3 feet per year.

Our guide to growing blackberries will have you taking care of this thornless variety with ease very quickly. Your plant will bear fruit in 1-2 years and you’ll have berries in the first year of planting!

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Botanical Name

Rubus fruticosus 'Arapaho'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 4-6 ft
Mature Width 3-4 ft
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Sweet, juicy berries
  • Thornless and maintenance free
  • Self pollinating

Shipping Info

Once your Arapaho 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.

upside down test

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.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing 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.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

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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