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Blackberries and raspberries are often referred to as “briarberries,” “brambles” or “caneberries” depending on where you live and what is available in your area. In parts of the East Coast and Midwest, people have fond (or not so fond) memories of harvesting fruit from thorny tangled patches of briarberries or brambles. In the western U.S., these fruits are called “caneberries” because they grow on woody stems called canes.
Blackberries and raspberries can be grown in North Carolina. The berries are alike in many ways. They have similar growth habits, they have similar looking fruit (at first glance) and they all taste great. However, there are enough differences in where they can be grown and how to grow them that today it’s common practice to keep their identities separate.
Blackberry and raspberry production has the potential to be a profitable agribusiness. However, new growers should be aware of the investment costs, market potential, and cultural requirements before setting the first plant. The resources that will be outlined on this page should be helpful to those considering an entrepreneurial endeavor and those in their first year of production.
Recommendations for New and Not-So-New Blackberry and Raspberry Growers. NC State brambles specialist, Dr. Gina Fernandez, outlines the basics of bramble production, including site preparation tips, trellis, high tunnel information and an overview of blackberry and raspberry varieties and their unique characteristics on her research website.
Brambles Family Tree
The brambles family tree consists of a wide variety of plants, many of which bear edible fruit like blackberries and raspberries. This “family tree” depicts selected bramble berry varieties and identifies them as naturally occurring species or hybrids.
- NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual – Insect and Disease Control of Fruits
- Southeast Regional Caneberry Production Guide
- Southeast Regional Caneberry Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Guide