Navaho blackberry variety

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First worldwide-known erect, self-fruitful, completely thornless blackberry cultivar

Botanical designation

Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Navaho'

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of A-583 x A-631

Variety denomination

Variety denomination - 'Navaho', tested as A-1172

Navaho is the parent for

Navaho is the parent for Von, Ouachita, MM01, Apache

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 6 g


Berries have a conical shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)

Flowering on floricanes starts in the

Flowering on floricanes starts in the second week of May

Ripening date (regular) -

Ripening date (regular) - second week of July

Productivity is

Productivity is 12 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 11.2%


Acidity - 1.14%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is moderate

Heat tolerance is

Heat tolerance is moderate

Country of origin

Country of origin - United States


Patent Plant 6,679 dated March 19, 1989

Current status

Current status - obsolete or rarely used

Recommended replacement

Recommended replacement - Ouachita

Navaho was the first worldwide-known erect, self-fruitful, completely thornless blackberry cultivar. Bushes are very vigorous and erect, does not require support. Canes height is up to 2 m. Fruit is produced on two-year-old canes (previous season's growth).
Bushes have clusters of pinkish-white, rose-like flowers, which give way to a heavy crop of large, blue-black, juicy-sweet blackberries over a harvest season from July to October.
Berries are medium-sized, very solid and very aromatic. Average fruit's weight is about 5-7 g. Fruit's number is very large. Color is deep black. Berries are firm and excellent for fresh market.
Navaho is extremely robust cultivar - good winter-hardy up to minus 26 C, easy tolerates drought, winter wind and frost. Navaho cultivar is very resistant to diseases and trouble free. Navaho doesn't require shelter for winter, exclude cold northern regions. Today Navaho is a family of varieties - Navaho Original, Navaho Big and Easy, Navaho Big and Early, Navaho Summerlong.

Navaho  sweet?

Is blackberry Navaho sweet?

Navaho blackberries mostly have a sweet flavor
How to cultivate blackberry

How to cultivate blackberry Navaho?

Growing recommendations are typical of other Arkansas upright floricane-fruiting cultivars:
1. Include annual preemergence and postemergence herbicide applications;
2. Include annual spring nitrogen fertilization (about 56 kg/ha) using ammonium nitrate NH4NO3;
3. Summer tipping of primocanes at 1.1 m;
4. Sprinkler irrigation apply as needed;
5. Use dormant pruning;
6. A single application of liquid lime sulfur (94 L/ha) each spring at budbreak for control of anthracnose;
7. A single application of liquid ferrous sulphate each fall after the plants have gone into chill period;
8. Plant spacing at least 0.6 m.
Diseases resistance

What diseases is blackberry Navaho resistant to?

Diseases susceptibility

What diseases is blackberry variety Navaho vulnerable to?

Navaho is quite prone to diseases such as Grey MoldFire blight
Relevant documents

Relevant documents for Navaho blackberry variety:

Useful Growing Guides

Useful Growing Guides:

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Reviews of the variety Navaho

Review from [ANABELLKA]

Beztrnná stružina Navaho, stříhání na jaře. Naše zahrada, pěstování rostlin a vše kolem. Skleník, pěstování ve skleníku, na záhonech, na poli. Vyvýšené záhony, permakultura a chov užitkových zvířat.

Review from [NOTANEXPERT 09]

Bucket hydroponics. Been growing this since 4/17/2018 to give you perspective. Used hydro guard for the roots, flora series liquid fertilizer, calimagic, flora grow/bloom powder.

Review from [AARONSBULB]

Navaho Thornless Blackberry Plant


Navaho Blackberry - one of my all time favourite fruits!


Markus Kobelt the founder and breeder of the Swiss fruit tree nursery Lubera.Tells about the thornless and compact Navaho blackberries During flowering they are even a nice ornamental plant in your garden. They taste very sweet, aromatic and fruity but still very mild.

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