Berry bushes, identify red and blackberry bushes
When your berry bushes aren?t bearing or your green thumb isn?t green,
you can still enjoy the taste of fresh-picked berries. Take a walk on the
wild side and find wild berries in Mother Nature?s panoramic garden.
Although nurseries and commercial growers have created many different
varieties of berries, they began with many of the original berry varieties
you will still find growing in the wild. You?ll find wild berry bushes in
just about every rural location: woods, prairies and even bogs!
To begin identifying wild berry bushes, first learn how and where your
favorite berries grow. First of all, although the term ?berry bush? is
common, it is somewhat inadequate, since some of the most popular berries
don?t grow on bushes. For instance strawberries, blackberries and
raspberries, although in the same genus (Rubus), all grow differently.
Still, none grow as berry bushes.
The strawberry is a low growing plant. In the wild, you?ll find it
along paths and walkways. Although in the flower and fruit gardening guides home garden, the strawberry is a
sun-loving plant. Wild strawberries are found in immature forests.
Raspberries grow on raspberry canes. Different varieties of
raspberries propagate in different ways. Red raspberries propagate from root
suckers and crown sprouts in a similar way to the strawberry, while black
and purple raspberries propagate from crown shoots. They will also root from
their tips if the tips touch the ground. Because a wild raspberry stand can
become very compact, it?s easy to understand why it may be incorrectly
referred to as a raspberry bush.
Blackberries also grow along slender canes. The wild blackberry is a
prolific and invasive plant whose long canes bend to the ground, root and
form new canes. Sharp thorns and dense growth give the wild blackberry a
very bush-like appearance.
Cranberries, which grow in berry bogs, are a relative of the blueberry.
Cranberries are generally harvested once a year, in the autumn. Perhaps
that explains why they are such a popular holiday-time fruit.
The blueberry is one of the few plants that we call ?berry? that actually
does grow on a bush! There are two kinds of blueberries; one is the high
bush blueberry and the other is the low bush blueberry. Although they can
both be found in the wild, the low bush blueberry is typically called the
?wild blueberry?. The high bush blueberry is often considered the variety
that is grown commercially and the one suitable for the flower and fruit gardening guides home garden.
Besides these berries, there is a host of others: the huckleberry, the
gooseberry, the elderberry and the currant are just a few more examples of
many types of berry cultivars.
Although knowing the growing habits of berries is a start in identifying
berry bushes, vines, and plants, the best way is to purchase a berry or wild
plant book to use as a reference when taking a walk on the wild side!
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