Kelly blackberry variety

Rating [ 0 ]

One of the newest early-ripening thornless erect-growing blackberry cultivars from the University of Arkansas

Botanical designation

Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Kelly'

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of A-2252T x A-2255

Variety denomination

Variety denomination - 'A-2454T'

Plants are

Plants are thornless

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 first week of May

Ripening date (regular) -

Ripening date (regular) - second week of June

Productivity is

Productivity is 4.2 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 11.1%


Acidity - 0.6%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is low

Heat tolerance is

Heat tolerance is high


Patent US PP32,965 P2 dated April 12, 2021

Current status

Current status - modern or widely used

Kelly is vigorous and prolific blackberry variety, one of the newest varieties from the Arkansas Blackberry Breeding Program (patented in 2021).
Canes and floricanes are erect in growth habit. Plants are thornless.
Kelly is early-ripening variety (first half of June in warm areas), the average floricane fruiting period is about 60 days.
Fruit yields of the new cultivar on floricanes are on average 4 kg. The fruit is round in shape and glossy with a uniform black finish. Berries of Kelly cultivar are medium (~ 6g) in weight. Kelly exhibits excellent fruit fertility with full drupelet set. Fruit firmness is a noteworthy characteristic and is near crisp in texture, and is consistent whether in rainy or dry periods of fruit maturity. The flavor is sweet and sub-acid. The overall postharvest storage potential of fresh fruit of the Kelly blackberry cultivar is greater than that of Osage and Natchez. Fruit and flower clusters are medium-large, cymose, and are mostly borne on the periphery of the plant canopy, providing easy access to harvest.
Plants and fruit have shown slight susceptibility to anthracnose, have shown no evidence of susceptibility to orange rust. Also Kelly have shown susceptibility to cane and leaf rust.
Kelly is hardy to minus 8C. Temperatures lower than this have resulted in crop reduction.

Kelly  sweet?

Is blackberry Kelly sweet?

Kelly blackberries mostly have a sweet flavor
Diseases resistance

What diseases is blackberry Kelly resistant to?

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

What diseases is blackberry variety Kelly vulnerable to?

Kelly is quite prone to diseases such as AnthracnoseSeptoria Leaf and Cane Spot
Useful Growing Guides

Useful Growing Guides:

Karaka Black
Previous variety
Next variety

Discussions about variety Kelly

No comments yet

Please login or register to post comments!