‘Velma’ Black Raspberry
Rubus occidentalis ‘Velma’
This black raspberry was found growing in the south-facing front yard of a home in one of Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods. According to the homeowner, Velma, for who we named the cultivar, this black raspberry came with the house when she moved in in the late eighties.
Misidentified initially as a blackberry, this black raspberry produces long arching canes that when left on their own will touch the ground and root. For best results, grow black raspberries against a supporting structure and remove all but three to five healthy, young canes each spring. Strong shoots will grow grow brances with an abundance of sweet, tart, black raspberries.