2-gallon sized potted blackberry plant
Ouachita was released in 2006 by the University of Arkansas’ blackberry breeding program, and was added to our farms production plants in our ongoing quest for excellent blackberry cultivars. Ouachita, pronounced WAH-shi-tah, is a very upright growing, vigorous, thornless blackberry. It should be tipped when canes get to 48” tall, to make it sturdier and more productive. However, trellising or staking may be needed to keep a full crop from leaning towards the ground. Fruit quality is excellent. Berries are firm, sweet and about the same size as Apache. Fruit matures beginning in mid to late July here in Brown County, Indiana, depending upon the spring weather. Yields seem a little better than Apache, but less than Triple Crown. Breeders and researchers have observed that Ouachita appears to be resistant to double blossom as well as orange rust infections. I have not observed these diseases on our farm.
Space 4 feet apart in the row.
USDA Hardiness zones 5b to 11
Update on Ouachita for 2013 growing season:
Ouachita began fruiting on July 15, and is still ripening large, quality berries entering the week of Aug 26. Fruiting for this 3 year stand under record is now at 7 weeks. Harvest per cane is lighter than other cultivars, but the quality of fruit has commanded excellent price at the farm market. Flavor is sweet at full ripe stage, though this is usually too soft for fresh sales. Great for the home grower. This year, Ouachita surpassed the harvest time and berry size of Triple Crown, though not yield (TC’s are huge plants, though). Overall yield per plant is expected to range between 7-13#, floricane height at 6′-7′.