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Tayberry

Rubus fruticosus x idaeus,

Photo: Tayberry

Tayberry Medana.

Cross between a blackberry and a red raspberryy, and named after the River Tay in Scotland.

The fruit is sweeter, much larger, and more aromatic than that of the loganberry, itself a blackberry and red raspberry cross. The tayberry is grown for its edible fruits which can be eaten raw or cooked, but the fruit do not pick easily by hand and cannot be machine harvested, so they have not become a commercially grown berry crop. As a domestic crop, this plant has gained the RHS award of Merit

Description[edit]

The tayberry fruit are cone shaped and are a reddish-purple color when ripe. They can be up to 4 cm (1 1⁄2 in) long. Similar to the blackberry, the receptacle (the "core") remains in the berry when it is picked. The tayberry is less acidic than the loganberry, with a strong, tart flavor.[3] The plant has a growth habit similar to that of the blackberry. Fruit grow on short laterals on prickly canes 1.8 to 2.1 m (6 to 7 ft) long.[3] The cropping period is long, from early mid to late summer.

Growth habits[edit]

The tayberry will grow reasonably well in many soils. Tayberries produce the most berries when in full sun and in well drained soil with a high amount of organic materials. Supporting the canes is not crucial, but it will help prevent diseases by improving the air flow between branches. Tayberries should be ready to harvest in early July, depending on the type.[4] Frost is rarely a problem, as tayberries flower late in the season; plants need protection below −26 °C (−15 °F). Like many plant hybrids, tayberries show good disease resistance, and it has been shown to be resistant to late yellow rust.[5]

Tayberries are propagated by planting canes; the recommended time is mid-October, though any time up to mid-March may work if soil is not frozen or waterlogged.[6]Scientists have also demonstrated the successful cold storage of tayberry tissue cultures for maintenance of in vitro collections of plant tissues.

Properties

Height
180 - 210 cm
Color
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Soil type
Any
Sunlight
Full sun
Partial shade
PH
Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained
Moist but well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy