Tayberry is a hybrid between a raspberry and a loganberry, producing richly aromatic long dark red berries which are sweeter than loganberries and good to eat fresh as well as stewed, in pies, summer puddings and jams.
The Tayberry originated in Scotland and is named after the Tay River. It is a cross between an Aurora Blackberry and a tetraploid Raspberry. Juicy, cone-shaped, deep purple fruit up to 1.5 inches long: 50% larger than the Loganberry. Firm core like a blackberry. Excellent, slightly aromatic flavor like a Loganberry. Good for jam, jelly, or homemade wine along with fresh eating. Prickly vines grow 6-7 feet tall. Require strong support. Huge yields up to 12 tons per acre. Vigorous even in difficult weather and bad soil. Ripens late. As a domestic crop, this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.
- Latin Name: Rubus fruticosus x ideaus
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- Zone: 5-8
- Pollination: Blackberries are self-fertile.
- Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
- Size at Maturity: 6 ft. in height on trellis.
- Bloom Time: April
- Harvest Time: July
- Type: Cutting Grown
- Yield: 10-15 lbs.
- Food Forest Use: Shrub Layer
- Origin: Named after the Tay River in Scotland. Introduced by the Scottish Horticultural Research Institute in Perthshire and National Seed Development Organization in Cambridge in the 1970s.
In its first year, a new stem, the primocane, grows vigorously to its full length of 3-6 m (in some cases, up to 9 m), arching or trailing along the ground and bearing large palmately compound leaves with five or seven leaflets; it does not produce any flowers. In its second year, the cane becomes a floricane and the stem does not grow longer, but the lateral buds break to produce flowering laterals (which have smaller leaves with three or five leaflets). First and second year shoots usually have numerous short curved very sharp prickles that are often erroneously called thorns. Flowers are produced in late spring and early summer on short racemes on the tips of the flowering laterals. Each flower is about 2-3 cm in diameter with five white or pale pink petals. In botanical terminology, the fruit is not a berry, but an aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets.
Edibility Rating: 5= great value Read more on blackberries @Plants For A Future
Edible Uses: Fruit – raw or cooked. Delicious when eaten out of hand, the fruit is also used in pies, preserves etc. Root – cooked. The root, which should be neither too young nor too old, requires a lot of boiling. Young shoots – peeled and eaten raw or cooked like asparagus. They are harvested as they emerge through the ground in the spring and whilst they are still tender. A herb tea is made from the dried leaves. Another report says that a type of tea made from raspberry and blackberry leaves is an excellent coffee substitute. Read more on raspberries @Practical Plants Wiki
Edibility Rating: 5= great value Read more on raspberries @Plants For A Future
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A guide to choosing the right size
1 Quart = Available for immediate dispatch. Plants are between 3in-36in in height. They are like small plug plants with deep (5in) roots that will get established very quickly.
Bareroot = Field grown plants that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April.
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