Natchez blackberry variety

Rating [ 4.3 ]

Erect-growing, high quality, productive, very early-ripening, floricane-fruiting blackberry

Botanical designation

Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Natchez'

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of Ark. 1857 x Ark. 2005

Variety denomination

Variety denomination - 'Natchez', tested as Ark. 2241

Natchez is the parent for

Natchez is the parent for A-2491T

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have semi-erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 8 g


Berries have a oblong shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)

Flowering on floricanes starts in the

Flowering on floricanes starts in the third week of April

Ripening date (regular) -

Ripening date (regular) - third week of June

Productivity is

Productivity is 6 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 9.5%


Acidity - 0.94%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is moderate

Heat tolerance is

Heat tolerance is low

Country of origin

Country of origin - United States


Patent US PP20,891 P3 dated March 28, 2010

Current status

Current status - modern or widely used

Natchez is the twelfth release in a series of erect-growing, high-quality, productive, early-ripening, floricane-fruiting blackberry. The original plant was selected in 2001 from a seedling field at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station. Natchez is great to perform in commercial shipping use.
Canes of Natchez are thornless and are semi-erect (mostly) to erect. Average primocanes height is 120-180 cm, floricanes length - up to 4-6 m. If primocanes are tipped at one meter to control length and encourage lateral branching, Natchez blackberry can be grown in a hedgerow without trellis support. A common trellis used on erect cultivars by growers consists of two wires placed 1.0 to 1.2 m above the soil surface and separated horizontally 1.0 m. However, support of floricanes during fruiting is recommended and with a support trellis, the slightly less erect canes of Natchez should be easily managed by growers.
Average berry weight of Natchez cultivar is about 8 g. Berries of Natchez variety are elongated and somewhat blocky and very attractive with an exceptional glossy, black finish. Flower's color is white. Bloom starts at the beginning of May. First harvest - middle of June. Average health rating of Natchez is good, but variety is moderately resistant to anthracnose. Plant hardiness was observed to be good on Natchez in that it showed no to little injury to canes and buds.
Minimum winter low temperatures is about minus 15 C. Natchez needs to be planted in full-sun places (with protection from overheating in very hot regions) and sheltered for cold season.
Table 1. Yield and average berry yield of Natchez, Apache and Ouachita cultivars at two locations in Arkansas
Cultivar Yield, kg/ha Berry weight, g
2005 2006 2005 2006
Natchez 12773 8697 8.7 8.0
Apache 13058 10699 8.6 8.2
Ouachita 8913 7997 6.3 6.2
Natchez 7169 8417 6.7 4.4
Apache 4278 9957 7.9 6.7
Ouachita 3159 21676 5.8 4.7
Table 2. Сomparison table of  Apache, Ouachita and Natchez blackberries at the University of Arkansas Fruit Substation, Clarksville
Main features Variety
Apache Ouachita Natchez
Flowering date
10% bloom April 24 April 23 April 21
50% bloom   April 28  April 24
Harvest date
First June 19 June 10 June 3
Peak July 7 June 26 June 8
Last July 28 July 20 July 11
First-ripe rating
(scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the best)
2.3 5.3 7.5
Berry weight, g
First 8.3 7.5 8.8
Peak 10.1 7.0 10.2
Last 8.8 5.7 8.0
Fruit (rating scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the best)
Firmness 8.0 8.3 7.8
Flavor 8.0 8.0 7.5
Soluble solids, % 10.6 9.8 8.7
Seed fresh weight, mg - 6.2 6.8
Seed dry weight, mg - 4.2 4.2
Plant (rating scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the best)
Vigor 7.5 7.0 7.0
Health 8.5 8.3 7.8

Natchez  sweet?

Is blackberry Natchez sweet?

Natchez blackberries have a balanced sour-sweet flavor
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This is an example of a few of my Natchez thornless blackberry plants in the winter while they are dormant. They were planted from root cuttings in March of 2020.


My experience with growing Natchez thornless blackberries. Here are some of the great aspects of this plant:
  1. Delicious Berries
  2. Propagates Itself (free plants)
  3. Blackberry leaves for teas
  4. If staked only takes up a small amount of space
  5. First to fruit in spring with many flowers for pollinators
I briefly show my Ogrow greenhouse. Overall I'm happy with the purchase, but there is one big drawback. The white film on the panels peels off very easily. I've kept it all on with clear or double sided tape. Hope you enjoy the video. Thanks.



Review from [FROG FOOT HOLLAR]

Building the trellis system for my blackberry plants and planting the Natchez Blackberries.

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