Our Blackberry Varieties:
Jones Family Farms sells the following G-1 Varieties:
Variety Cane Type Season Comments
Arapaho Erect Early Thornless, medium size, somewhat irregular shape, stores very well.
Ouachita Erect Mid Thornless, medium size, stores well.
Osage Erect Semi-Early Thornless, medium size, excellent storage.
Von Erect Late Thornless, medium size, excellent storage.
Arapaho
(Patent #8510 – University of Arkansas)


Type - Thornless, erect.

Date of Release – 1993
Fruit Size - Medium, 5 grams/berry.
Flavor/Sweetness - Good, rated higher than most thorny varieties; soluble solids (percent sugar) averages 9.6 percent.
Yield - Moderate yields, usually lower than Apache and Navaho.
Maturity Date - Earliest ripening thornless, beginning approximately June 5 at Clarksville, Arkansas, and fruiting extends for about four weeks.
Disease Resistance - Shows resistance to double blossom/rosette; no orange rust susceptibility verified; no anthracnose observed.
Comments - Fruit storage and handling potential good, surpassed only by Navaho for this characteristic; hardiness similar to other Arkansas thornless; plants recommended for planting rather than root cuttings.
Ouachita (WAH-Shi-tah)
(Patent #17,162 - University of Arkansas)

Type - Thornless, very erect canes.

Date of Release - 2003
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 and fruiting extends for about four to 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.

Osage

Type- Thornless, erect.
Date of Relase -2012; plant patent to be applied for. Fruit Size- Consistently good, comparable to higher ratings of ‘Ouachita’; soluble solids (percent sugar) averages 11.2
Flavor/Sweetness – Good, rated between that of Shawnee and Choctaw; soluble solids (percent sugar) averages 10 percent.
Maturity Date – Ripens mid-early averaging around 10 June, between ‘Natchez’ and ‘Ouachita’.
Disease Resistance – No substantial common diseases observed; no orange rust observed; very limited fruit anthracnose observed; no double blossom/rosette observed.
Comments –Consistently good flavor, even when other cultivars were lacking; consistently high yields; excellent storage potential for the shipping market. Intended to complement Ouachita for the mid-early season and allow more variety diversity for growers.

 

Meet Von a New Thornless Blackberry

'Von' Thornless Erect Blackberry.

‘Von’ is the first erect thornless floricane-fruiting blackberry to be released from the NC State University caneberry breeding program. ‘Von’ is named after Harvey Von Underwood, who was a Researcher at NC State University. Mr. Underwood worked at NC State University muscadine and bramble breeding program in the 1950’s-70’s and was responsible for saving valuable germplasm from those programs.

'Von' was selected by Jim Ballington in 1998 as tested as NC 430. We have been evaluating 'Von' at the Mountain Research Station in Laurel Springs, the Moutain Hort Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River and at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, NC. Dr. Penny Perkins-Veazie conducted extensive post harvest evaluation of 'Von' since her arrival at NCSU in 2009.

Here are some key attributes of 'Von':

• In a replicated trial at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury NC, total yield of ‘Von’ was 12,017 g/plant (24063 lbs/acre). • In that same trial, marketable yield of ‘Von’ was 10,704 g/plant (21,434 lbs/acre). • Fruit of ‘Von’ is medium size (6.6 g) has smaller drupelet and seed size compared to other cultivars. • ‘Von’ produces fruit in the late season, with average date of harvest commencing in the third week of June, peaking in the second week of July and ending the first week of August. • ‘Von’ has a marketable post harvest score of 90.6, which is as good or better than the leading commercial cultivars. • Soluble sugars content of ‘Von’ was 9.4% and pH was 3.57, traits that characterize ‘Von’ as sweet with low acid. .