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Blackberry Merton Thornless


Rubus fruticosus Merton Thornless

Thorn free and compact growth

A popular variety that is easy to manage, as the name implies it is a thornless blackberry. The succulent clusters of fruits ripen in early autumn and are perfect for jams, jellies, pies and crumbles.


Best in sun or part shade.


Happy in any fertile, well-drained soil. Add homemade garden compost or well rotted manure to the soil before planting. Plant against a wall or fence and tie in the stems as they grow through the summer.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Winter
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 700 cm - 700 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Garden edging, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, Banks and slopes

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting May - September
Cropping August - September

Typically available

From March to September