Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Dewberries, like loganberries and boysenberries are a trailing type of blackberry. Plants grow horizontally, compared to the erect habit of most blackberries. To grow, most plants are tied to supports or wires to limit their trailing habit. Fruits are sweeter, ripen sooner and are in looser clusters.

Dewberries are not winter hardy and need protection from cold temperatures. Plants should be untied from supports and lain horizontally after the ground starts freezing. Cover canes with straw or loose hay at least a foot or more.

Prune dewberries in a similar fashion to blackberries. The most common form of loganberries are thornless.

Flowers tend to be more pink than white.

Dewberries, like most trailing blackberries, are difficult to grow in Illinois. Choose a protected location and expect a crop every five to ten years. Be proud if you succeed more often.

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