#17 ‘Himalaya’ Blackberry (Rubus ‘Himalaya’)

posted Jan 11, 2012, 4:51 PM by Western Sonoma County Historical Society   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 8:17 AM ]

'Himalaya' Blackberry

A second-generation seedling selected from seed imported by Burbank from India. Heavy, late-summer crops of large, tasty fruit. Notoriously vigorous. Several clones have naturalized from California to Washington State.

Purposely imported from India by Burbank, this vigorous and invasive plant was selected from a group of seeds and has become widespread on the west coast from California to Washington state, a real pest in some places.

The annual cane growth is 10 to 20 feet; with adequate water it is a heavy fruit bearer in large, drooping clusters. Amazingly thorny; serves also as wildlife habitat but tends to obscure the hybrid beach plums, #18. (Photo in spring before ripening)