[NAFEX] Wild Brambles

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sun May 24 20:55:29 EDT 2009


It's invasive and vigorous, but the fruit is supposed to be very  
tasty.  And I don't think you need to feel guilty about allowing an  
invasive alien that's already well established to grow on your  
property.  On the other hand, it might be hard to keep in check.

Ginda
eastern MA, zone 6


On May 24, 2009, at 5:46 PM, Betty Mayfield wrote:

> 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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