Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Bedford Giant'
Originated from a cross of Self of Veitchberry
Plants are thornless
Bushes have trailing canes
Fruit weight is 6 g
Berries have a rounded shape
Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)
Flowering on floricanes starts in the second week of June
Ripening date (regular) - fourth week of July
Cold hardiness is excellent
Heat tolerance is low
Country of origin - United Kingdom
Current status - obsolete or rarely used
Recommended replacement - Columbia Giant
Bedford Giant produces a lot of replacement canes.
The fruit are borne in large clusters and are medium-large, round and soft with a good flavour. Transportability is low. Despite the name of cultivar, Bedford Giant, berries are medium-large, about 6 g. Berries are bright black in color. Taste and flavor is similar to wild blackberries.
Winter hardiness is high, up to minus 23 C.