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Rubus Ponca

Thornless Blackberry - Taste of Heaven™

The Taste of Heaven thornless blackberry is a winner. Its big, juicy fruits aren’t just sweet, they also boast a unique, rich flavor that’s nothing like you’ve tasted in a supermarket (or even wild) blackberry. Thornless stems make it easy to care for and a joy to harvest as the delicious berries ripen in mid-summer, and the sturdy canes don’t require staking. Our plants come with extra large and fibrous root systems, ready to plant and flourish!

Key Plant Details


Planting Zones:

5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Soil Type:

Sandy, Loamy


Light Requirement:




Average, Wet

Plant Characteristics


Mature Size:

2-3 foot spread, 4-5 feet in height


Annual Growth Rate:



Flower Color:



Bloom Time:

Spring, Summer


Shop By Use:

Attracts Pollinators, Edibles

Care Tips

Care Tips - Growing:

Fruits are ready to harvest when they are a deep black and separate easily from the plant, usually mid to late summer, depending on your climate. Taste of Heaven blackberry is self-fruiting and does not require a different blackberry variety for pollination. Like most fruit-bearing shrubs, it will take a few years for the plant to mature enough to produce abundant crops

Care Tips - Pruning:

Though pruning your blackberry is a crucial part of keeping it healthy and productive, it’s very simple once you understand its unique lifecycle. Taste of Heaven blackberry is a floricane, or summer-bearing, blackberry: in year one, canes emerge from the crown of the plant and grow tall and leafy; these are known as primocanes. In year two, those same canes are now called floricanes, which flower, fruit, then die. On an established plant, there will always be a mix of primocanes and floricanes so you will get fruit every year. Plants should be pruned three times each year: Mid-late summer: Once the berries have been harvested, cut all floricanes – those that just bore fruit – down to the ground. Though this may sound extreme, they are going to die anyway, and this allows the plant to put its energy into the remaining primocanes for a better crop next year. Late winter/early spring: Shorten lateral (horizontal) growth on the standing canes (which have become floricanes since they are in their second year) to 12-16″/30-41cm. If canes are very abundant or congested, thin to 4-8 of the strongest, spacing them evenly throughout each plant. Late spring/early summer: When the primocanes (growth that emerged from the roots that spring) reach 30-36″/76-92cm, pinch off the tips to encourage development of lateral growth.

Care Tips - Soil:

Rich, well-drained soils, acid soils are best for high quality and quantity of fruit.

Care Tips - Uses:

Home gardens; fruit production

Zone Map

This plant will grow in these zones