Himalayan blackberry is an invasive species at MOP. If left to its own devices, it will grow everywhere! Proper pruning and maintenance to set healthy boundaries are needed.
Himalayan blackberry stalks may be harvested for fibre in May and June.
Thornless blackberry stalks do not provide fibre, as the Himalayan does. Different strokes. Different pokes.
However, both species provide delicious berries in late summer.
Stalks from Himalayan blackberry bushes can be used for corage or basketry fibre.
Dichotomous key of Blackberry species.
Rubus armeniacus is native to Armenia but has over time naturalized around the world. The species is invasive to Vancouver.
Rubus ulmifolius is native to western Europe.
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