Choctaw blackberry variety

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Old very vigorous erect cultivar with early-ripening fruit for south regions

Botanical designation

Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Choctaw'

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of Rosborough x Ark. 526

Variety denomination

Variety denomination - 'Choctaw', tested as Ark. 876

Plants are

Plants are slightly thorny

Bushes have

Bushes have erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 5 g


Berries have a rounded shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)

Flowering on floricanes starts in the

Flowering on floricanes starts in the second week of April

Ripening date (regular) -

Ripening date (regular) - first week of June

Productivity is

Productivity is 6 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 9.7%


Acidity - 1.12%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is low

Heat tolerance is

Heat tolerance is low

Country of origin

Country of origin - United States


Patent Plant 6,678 dated March 19, 1989

Current status

Current status - obsolete or rarely used

Recommended replacement

Recommended replacement - Osage

Choctaw is one of the "Indian" family of the American blackberry cultivars. Selected from a Rosborough hand-pollinated cross in 1975 at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Fruit Substation at Clarksville.
Plants of Choctaw are highly vigorous and prolific and row establishment following planting is rapid. Both primocanes and floricanes are very erect and the fruit is easily accessible to both machine and hand harvest. Thorn size and density of thorns are medium. Fruit clusters are medium-large, and are borne on the periphery of the plant canopy, providing easy access to harvest. Flower fertility is high and clusters are well filled.
Fruit of this blackberry ripens very early, average ripening date is last week of May in south regions. The harvest period is shorter than most other erect varieties - about 20 days. Yield is high. The fruit is short conic in shape, bright black in color and medium large in size (averaged 5 g). The fruit is moderately firm when full ripe. The fresh fruit have very good flavor and aroma with a slight sourness, seed size is very small.
Choctaw is moderately tolerant to anthracnose, immune to orange rust, but is occasionally attacked by powdery mildew. Plant is not cold hardy, this variety is destined for warm south regions.

Choctaw  sweet?

Is blackberry Choctaw sweet?

Choctaw blackberries have a balanced sour-sweet flavor
Diseases resistance

What diseases is blackberry Choctaw resistant to?

Choctaw has very good resistance to diseases such as Orange Rust
Diseases susceptibility

What diseases is blackberry variety Choctaw vulnerable to?

Choctaw is quite prone to diseases such as AnthracnoseGrey Mold
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Reviews of the variety Choctaw

Review from [GUEST]

Superb early-ripening, even earlier than famous widely-cultivated variety Loch Tay. Frost resistance is medium, died after short-term (3-5 days) exposure in -6C with strong wind and icing without any shelter. Covering is very difficult to implement, because stems of Choctaw is very prickling and powerful. The form of berries is interesting - cubic. Taste is worthy.

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