A question that many people will ask when deciding to buy a Blackberry is, “Is blackberry a tree or bush?”. The short answer to this is yes. The long answer to this question is that, although the Blackberry is generally thought of as a shrub (which it is in fact), it can grow well as a tree. The Blackberry prefers full sunlight and will do better in a slightly shady garden.
As a shrub it needs to be planted in a container and will flower best in southern climates. It will also do better if planted up against a wall rather than on a sunny side wall. For this reason it is generally planted to the right of a fence, in a slightly deeper pot. The leaves should be kept trimmed away from the pruned branches and the tree should be repotted every two or three years. Since the Blackberry is a conifer it will also need regular fertiliser.
As for the Blackberry as a tree it is best planted in an area where the temperature is not too hot. A spot outside in a shaded area is ideal but the garden can get overheated in the summer. If you do decide to plant the tree in your garden the best place to plant it is in partial shade.
Although the Blackberry does prefer full sun, it does enjoy being planted in a variety of containers. Shrubs like the containers with light mulch and shade so they can protect themselves from the heat of direct sunlight. Plants like the containerophytes do well in pots and this means that you can move them around easily if you wish. Plants like the Blackberry will also do well if you prune back the hedges around your home garden to bring out some of the wilder colours.
The reason why the Blackberry is often described as a tree is because it can grow to a large size, which is suitable for providing shade to a home. This tree is very tolerant of low soil quality but does not do well in sandy soils. Soil that is too dry can also stifle the growth of the blackberries. One problem that does occur with growing blackberries is that they produce too many seeds at one time. This can be a problem if you wish to have berry bushes in your garden. It is possible though to grow the trees without producing so many berries.
The reason why people think that a blackberry tree is a bush is because it can produce flowers. Flowers are very common in many deciduous plants, but the Blackberry is the only tree with flowers. Unlike most deciduous trees, blackberries actually lose their leaves in the winter. When they re-grow in the spring they appear just like any other home garden plant, with glossy leaves and a little black flower in the center of the leaves.
Many people believe that blackberries are best eaten as an addition to other fruits or vegetable salads. However, blackberries do make excellent additions to the salad bars of the world. Any type of meat can be added to a blackberry salad including steak, chicken, salmon, tuna and chicken eggs. It is not unusual to find meat such as lamb, beef, venison or goose in a salad bar at a fancy hotel.
Is blackberry a tree or bush? It is hard to say because it really depends on what kind of plant you are talking about. Some blackberries are actually bushes while others produce flowers. With all of the varieties of blackberries that exist today you should be able to make an informed decision on the question is blackberry a tree or bush.