Rubus idaeus ‘Fall Gold’ #2 (‘Fall Gold’ Raspberry)December 26, 2022
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Rubus allegheniensis #2 (Allegheny Blackberry)
-Part Sun, Full Sun, Full Shade
-Moist to Dry Soil (FACU)
-3-6′ Tall by 6-12′ Wide
-Thicket-forming growth habit
Out of stock
Allegheny Blackberries are native primocane brambles that produce fruit at the tip of new canes in their first summer. If allowed to overwinter, they will crop again early in the following summer on the same wood. This plant is truly invaluable to wildlife, with its wickedly thorny stems that are quick to colonize open ground in favorable conditions. It provides much needed protection during nesting season for many birds, including the northern cardinal, yellow warbler, buntings and towhees.
Favorite backyard birds such as cedar waxwings, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and tufted titmice are among the nearly 150 species that depend on the fruits. The insect visitors of this plant are at least as numerous as the birds. Their presence will in turn attract many insectivorous bird species, promoting a cycle of life centered on the patch of Allegheny Blackberries. The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract several fascinating bee species in late spring to summer. The Striped Hairstreak uses the foliage as a larval host.
Consider using Allegheny Blackberries in a corner of your property where it has room to ramble and exist mostly undisturbed to support your own wildlife haven. If it needs rejuvenated, cutting it down in very late winter (no more than every two years) should be sufficient to keep it fruiting and producing healthy new canes.
Native Trees, Shrubs, & Vines by William Cullina
Gardening for the Birds by George Adams
Fruiting: Doug Goldman. USDA-NRCS-NPDT United States, NY, Tompkins Co., Dryden., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons