[NAFEX] Wild Brambles

Kevin Moore aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Sun May 24 20:43:15 EDT 2009


One person's weed is another's treasure. It is true Himalayan blackberries will grow on virtually any untended open land, but they are not the scourge many would have you believe. If the blackberries didn't grow there, those empty areas would be filled with Poison Oak! Talk about a noxious weed!




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From: Betty Mayfield <bmayfield at opusnet.com>
To: andrew at beeberrywoods.com; North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2009 4:46:15 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Wild Brambles

Andrew,

If you have Himalayan blackberries, the canes will get much taller 
and reproduce as the tips of trailing canes hit the ground. An escape 
from garden plants imported in 1885, it is considered a noxious weed 
in the Pacific Northwest. What part of the country are you in?

A good description and history from a professor at Oregon State 
University can be found at:
<http://www.ars-grin.gov/ars/PacWest/Corvallis/ncgr/cool/rub.aliens.html>

News from California is at:
<http://www.nps.gov/archive/seki/snrm/nnp/html/badrudi.htm>

A noxious weed alert from King County, Washington, is at:
<http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/noxious-weeds/weed-identification/blackberry.aspx>

I fight it continually on my property.

Betty Mayfield
northwest Oregon





At 12:16 PM 5/24/2009, you wrote:
>Can anyone suggest a good reference for Wild Brambles?  I'd like to
>identify what I've got (red, black, etc.) before fruiting.  I cleared
>out a bunch of speckled alder last year, mowed the newly cleared ground
>with a rotary style mower (DR) and this year the Brambles are having a
>field day.  First year canes 6' tall!  The cleared area is along a field
>that was being encroached and there were brambles in the border area.  I
>seem to inadvertently done just what they wanted!
>
>I saw 3 wild turkey hens near the brambles yesterday.  And to think I
>spent time (and money) planting six Heritage this spring.
>
>Andrew
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