Berries and Brambles

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Berries are the perfect fruit – not only are they great to eat, versatile in their usage and add fabulous colour to desserts and baked goods, but they are packed with nutrients including good doses of Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. They are really easy to grow, occupy only as much space as you are willing to give them, and produce prolific quantities of fabulous fruit. They make jolly jars of jam and cheerful chunks of chutney when you have a bumper crop.  

There is a wide range of Berries to choose from, some of which are known as Brambles, due to the fact that they have thorny or spiny canes and branches. Brambles are those tasty, colorful delights of early summer and autumn. The genus Rubus is divided into many species that include raspberries, blackberries, dewberries, loganberries and boysenberries. Berries include strawberries, blueberries and gooseberries. 
 

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Boysenberries with their sweet taste and just a hint of sharpness to awaken your taste buds are a delicious summer treat. Perfect to eat fresh or for making jams and preserves. Easy to grow but it best to provide some horizontal support. Boysenberries are Floricanes, and fruit on 2nd year canes. Deciduous.

 

Colour: Assorted
Habit: Spreading
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x spreads

Boysenberry

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A delicious berry that can be picked straight from the plant and popped into your mouth. White flowers in early Spring followed by large firm conical dark purple black berries. Crops December to Janurary. Fruits are ready when easy to pull from vine.

Moderately vigorous and mostly spineless canes. Self fertile. Insect and bee pollinated.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Spreading
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x NaNm

Boysenberry Brulee

Current Stock Height: 70/90 cm  ? 

Container: 3l  ? 

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Starlight TM. A large conical berry that is dark wine-red in colour after a showy display of white flowers in Spring. Excellent flavour. Crops December to January on almost thornless canes.Self-fertile. Insect and bee pollinated.


 

Colour: White
Habit: Spreading
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x Spreading

Boysenberry Starlight

Current Stock Height: 70/90 cm  ? 

Container: 3l  ? 

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A self fertile Boysenberry Medium to large delicious berries from December. This is an almost thornless berry bush that crops well reliably. Grow in a sunny sheltered position and provide horizontal support. Prune in winter and remember Boysenberries are Floricanes meaning they fruit on 2nd year growth. Deciduous.

Check out our 'How To' section for tips on growing Berries and Brambles.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Rambling
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x spreads

Boysenberry Tasman

Current Stock Height: 50 cm

Container: 2.4l  ? 

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The Black Currant produces a fruit that is high in Vitamin C with a tart sharp taste. 'Magnus' is disease resistant, a reliable producer and has an upright habit. The currants are ripe late Dec-Jan. Delicious and deciduous.

Black currants will grow in sun or semi-shade. They like deep acid soil that does not completely dry out in summer when the fruit are setting. They fruit on the new seasons wood which develops after pruning.
Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland

 

Colour: White / Green
Habit: Spreading
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x spreads

Currant Black Magnus

Current Stock Height: 30/50 cm  ? 

Container: Pb8  ? 

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Red currants are a great source of vitamin C. They are easy to grow and form attractive shrubs in the home landscape. The fruit can be picked fresh (if you beat the birds) or used for jams, jellies, juices and pies. Freezes well. Good heavy cropper. Ripe around December-January. Deciduous.

Red Currants differ from Black Currants in that they fruit on the older developed wood (branches) of the bush.
Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland

 

Colour: White / Green
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m

Currant Gloire de Versailles

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Container: Pb8  ? 

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A vigorous and extremely hardy variety producing high yields of bright red fruit. Red currants are a great source of vitamin C. They are easy to grow and form attractive shrubs. The fruit can be picked fresh or used for culinary purposes. Ripe around December-January. Deciduous.

Red Currants differ from Black Currants in that they fruit on the older developed wood (branches) of the bush.
Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland

 

Colour: White / Green
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m

Currant Red Hron

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This is an albino form of the Red Currant which has almost translucent fruits with low acidity. Delicious picked and eaten straight off the bush. Happiest in morning sun in any average soil that does not dry out too much in summer. Adding some organic matter will improve performance. Deciduous.

Prune the main shoots of your White Currant back by about 1/2 in winter to encourage new fruiting laterals. Remember that White Currants mainly fruit on older wood.
Suitable for warmer areas including Auckland/Northland

 

Colour: Assorted
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x spreads

White Currant White

Current Stock Height: 15/25 cm  ? 

Container: 3l  ? 

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The 'Invicta' Gooseberry has a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit which tells you straight away it is worth growing. Heavy bearing and disease resistant with large flavourful fruit that can be used for culinary purposes or eaten fresh when fully ripe. Deciduous.

The Gooseberry is hardy and in fact loves a cold winter however be aware that new spring growth can be damaged by frost. Gooseberries like a nice layer of mulch or compost around their shallow roots. When pruning remember they fruit on older wood.

 

Colour: Pink / Green
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 120cm

Gooseberry Invicta

Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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A well shaped, slightly bristly fruit that is dark red when fully ripe. Berries are larger than Invicta. Good eating. The plants are very vigorous and spreading but can be shaped up by pruning. Produces occasional spines on young wood, but at maturity it is virtually spineless.

 

Gooseberry Pax

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Container: 2.5l  ? 

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