Hall’s Beauty blackberry variety

Rating [ 4.8 ]

High-quality variety with extremely large, attractive, ornamental double flowers and glossy black fruit

Botanical designation

Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Hall’s Beauty'

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of NZ 9629R-1 x ORUS 1939-4

Variety denomination

Variety denomination - 'Hall's Beauty', tested as ORUS 3453-2

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have trailing canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 6 g


Berries have a conical shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)

Begins to bloom in the

Begins to bloom in the first week of May

Harvest season starts in the

Harvest season starts in the third week of June

Productivity is

Productivity is 5 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 15.3%


Acidity - 1.25%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is good

Heat tolerance is

Heat tolerance is high

Country of origin

Country of origin - United States


Patent US 2018/0288915 P1 dated October 03, 2018

Current status

Current status - cultivated (actual)

Blackberry cultivar Hall’s Beauty was introduced as a thornless trailing machine harvestable, high-quality blackberry that has extremely large, attractive, and ornamental double flowers, which have many more petals than typical blackberries and that produce large, well-formed berries for the fresh or the processed fruit market.
Hall’s Beauty shares two grandparents with Columbia Star and Columbia Giant and all four grandparents with Columbia Sunrise. Blackberry Hall’s Beauty thornlessness is derived originally from Lincoln Logan, and therefore the canes are entirely thornless. The primocanes of Hall’s Beauty cultivar are as vigorous as those of Marion and Columbia Star, but are less vigorous than for Chester Thornless and more vigorous than those of Black Diamond.
The average fruit weight for a season is about 6 g. Average yield is about 6 kg/plant. The harvest season is similar to Columbia cultivars family, from the middle of June to the middle of July. Hall’s Beauty fruit flavor is excellent, but the acid–sweet balance is tipped toward sweet, which is often more desirable for fresh market consumers but less so for processing. Fruit color is comparable to the other thornless trailing cultivars; it is not as dark as Chester Thornless but blacker/less purple than Marion. Fresh fruit of Hall’s Beauty are rated as having better firmness than Marion and Black Diamond and being as firm as Columbia Star. 
This variety is rated excellent for heat tolerance because it had fewer heat and ultraviolet light injury symptoms than Black Diamond, Chester Thornless or Marion.
Table 1. Yield and average berry weight of Hall's Beauty cultivar at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center (planted in 2009)
Cultivar Berry weight, g Yield, kg/plant
2011 2012 2013
Hall's Beauty 6.5 4.68 3.59 6.07
Black Diamond 6.0 7.02 2.09 3.17
Columbia Star 7.6 7.48 5.92 8.18
Marion 5.5 6.44 4.75 4.92
Table 2. Yield and average berry weight of Hall's Beauty cultivar at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center (planted in 2014)
Cultivar Berry weight, g Yield, kg/plant
2016 2017
Hall's Beauty 6.9 7.40 6.21
Black Diamond 6.6 6.73 6.32
Columbia Star 6.9 7.24 6.92
Marion 5.7 4.50 4.72
Table 3. Subjectively evaluated fruit quality traits for Hall's Beauty and some other blackberries (avg. for 2011 - 2013 and 2016 - 2017 years, scale from 1 to 9, where 9 is the best expression)
Cultivar / trait Hall's Beauty Black Diamond Marion Columbia Star
Drupelet fertility 7.6 7.0 5.9 8.6
Firmness 8.0 6.7 4.6 7.9
Color 8.3 8.0 7.4 8.2
Shape 7.2 7.3 5.3 8.5
Texture 7.8 6.7 8.1 8.1
Flavor 7.6 6.3 8.3 8.2
Glosiness 8.3 7.5 7.3 7.1
Toughness 8.0 6.6 4.5 8.1
Heat damage 7.8 6.3 6.9 8.4
Table 4. Harvest season (avg. for 2011 - 2013 and 2016 - 2017 year)
Cultivar Ripening
First (5%) Peak (50%) Last (95%)
2011 - 2013
Hall's Beauty July 3 July 10 July 24
Columbia Star July 3 July 12 July 24
Columbia Giant July 3 July 15 July 19
Marion July 8 July 15 July 24
Black Diamond July 3 July 17 July 26
Chester Thornless Aug. 5 Aug. 28 Sept. 25
2016 - 2017
Hall's Beauty June 24 June 28 July 12
Columbia Star June 18 July 1 July 8
Triple Crown July 18 Aug. 5 Aug. 26
Marion June 24 July 1 July 15
Black Diamond June 18 July 4 July 15
Chester Thornless July 22 Aug. 8 Aug. 26
Table 5. Soluble solids, pH and titratable acidity of fruit for Hall's Beauty and other varieties (2011 - 2013 and 2016 - 2017 years)
Cultivar Soluble solids, % Titratable acidity, % pH
Hall's Beauty 12.84 1.38 3.33
Columbia Star 12.64 1.48 3.26
Columbia Sunrise 13.41 0.76 3.69
Black Diamond 10.2 1.26 3.39
Chester Thornless 11.72 1.04 3.30
Marion 12.43 1.51 3.23

Diseases resistance

What diseases is blackberry Hall’s Beauty resistant to?

Hall’s Beauty has very good resistance to diseases such as Phytophthora Root RotSpur Blight or Purple Blotch (Didymella Applanata)
Diseases susceptibility

What diseases is blackberry variety Hall’s Beauty vulnerable to?

No susceptibility to spicific pests or diseases has been observed for Hall’s Beauty
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The Hall's Beauty blackberry variety is a thornless, trailing, floricane cultivar. Hall's Beauty produces high yields of medium, firm fruit with excellent flavor that typically ripens earlier than the Columbia Star variety but later than Columbia Giant variety. Its beautiful, large, many-petalled flowers make the Hall's Beauty blackberry variety also interesting for the Home Garden market.

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