August 2, 2022
Searles Gardening Team
What does Blackberry look like? (Rubus fruticosus species aggregate)
Blackberry are a national weed of significance across most coastal regions of Australia where it has the ability of establishing along creeks, river systems and native bushland. It is a sprawling perennial covered in thorns and although the fruit is highly edible and tasty, it is not a recommended plant for garden cultivation.
Blackberries are a fast growing, sprawling, arching plant with very thorny stems and have been declared since the late nineties across most states of Australia. In very cold districts it is fully deciduous, while in warmer locations, it can remain evergreen. Flowers are small and borne in tight clusters of white flowers at intervals along the arching branches. Each bloom has six petals and once pollinated, will produce numerous fruit that begin red, then quickly age to shiny black in colour from early to mid-summer.
Control of this voracious species can be done in a few ways;