Commercial Horticulture - Fruits and Nuts
Ouachita - Blackberry
- Thornless, very erect canes.
Date of Release - 2003; plant patent #17,162.
Fruit Size - Average 6.0 to 6.5 g/berry; larger than Navaho but not as
large as Apache.
Flavor/Sweetness - Very good, rated near that of Navaho; soluble
solids (percent sugar) averages 10-11%.
Yield - Consistently high yielding in research trials; comparable to
exceeding Apache and Navaho and consistently exceeds Arapaho.
Maturity Date - Ripens beginning approximately June 12 at Clarksville,
Arkansas, and fruiting extends for about five weeks. Ripening season is between
that of Arapaho and Navaho.
Disease Resistance - Resistant to double blossom/rosette in tests in
Louisiana; no orange rust observed; very limited fruit anthracnose observed.
Comments - Fruit storage and handling potential very good, near that
of Navaho; hardiness similar to other Arkansas thornless; root cutting sprouting
or propagation potential appears higher than other thornless.
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