Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Loganberries, unlike the trailing forms of dewberries and boysenberries are a semi-erect type of blackberries, almost a cross between an erect plant and a trailing one. Some belief the plant is a cross between a red raspberry and a dewberry. 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 (pendulous), and ripen toward the end of summer.

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

Loganberries were developed by Judge James H. Logan in Santa Cruz, California at the turn of the century.

Loganberries, 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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