Olallieberry was developed 1935 to 1950 by George F Waldo in Oregon State University for the US Department of Agriculture. Ideal for temperate coastal regions it is of the genus Rubus and cross between loganberry, blackberry and youngberry.
Commonly cultivated in central, Northern California the hardy plants are resistant to diseases. It resembles a blackberry but has an onyx sheen exterior, closed stem end, sweet flavor. The fruits have a tarty sweetish taste with short shelf life.
List of Hybrid Rubus
Parent species form the genetic material to the creation of hybrids. In this instance parent species are different Himalayan Blackberry, Pacific Blackberry and Common Blackberry.
There is also the dewberry and European Raspberry. Olallieberry is a hybrid Rubus developed from other hybrids. A list of hybid species are Young, Tay, Olallie, Logan. Others are Kotata, Boysen, Chehalem.
- Himalayan Blackberry
- Pacific Blackberry
- Common Blackberry
- European Raspberry
Uses of Olallieberry
The highly perishable fruit has a juicy balance from sweet, tart and used in many culinary applications. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, iron and calcium.
They are used to complement different flavors, ice cream, cheesecake topping, muffins and coffee cakes. It is added to milkshakes, pies and jam. Used as preserves, found in berry wine, eaten fresh.
- Complement different flavors
- Ice cream
- Cheesecake topping
- Coffee cakes
- Added to milkshakes
- Used as preserves
- Found in berry wine
- Eaten fresh
Things you need
You need manure, compost, soil testing kit and shovel. Others are digger, rake, shears, lime, trellis, young plant, pot.
- Soil testing kit
- Young plant
How they grow
Olallieberries prefer temperate coastal regions are brambles and have an extensive underground perennial root system. They grow on vertical trailing vines or biennial stalk.
Pruning is done by cutting the old vines close to the ground to allow new growth. The plant with established roots self-regenerate and regrow.
How to Plant Olallieberry
Olallieberry are essentially two thirds blackberry, one third red raspberry. According to the USDA the plants hardiness zones is 7 -9. Prepare a site in your garden for the bush. Make sure the space is at least 5 by 20 foot, well-drained soil adequate sun.
The plant prefers full sun, partial shade and soil PH of 5.5 to 7. If the soil is acidic add lime and erect trellis to support the plant. Add compost or manure at the rate of 2 cubic yards for 100 square feet of space.
The next step is to dig a hole to accommodate the rootball. Water once a week and average water requirements should not exceed 1 inch. Weed regularly to remove competing grass and prune when needed. Mulch to keep soil moist and it takes two years for mature plant to produce fruits.