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Rubus fruticosus 'Loch Ness'


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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (18580)

Plant details

Blackberries are ideal fruit crops for growing on walls and fences in gardens, where they often produce larger fruits than in the wild, and may also be planted as windbreaks or impenetrable boundary hedges: older vigorous varieties, with their long thorny canes, are best for this purpose. Modern compact kinds such as 'Loch Ness' are more restrained and may be trained more like raspberries. The growth is semi-upright and thornless, making training and picking very easy. 'Loch Ness' has some of the largest fruits, with good colour and flavour. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rubus

Species: fruticosus

Cultivar: Loch Ness

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 90cm

Reader reviews


I have Loch Ness glackberies - do I cut them rioght down to the ground at the end of fruiting


I have this variety (first year) and wanted to know when I should cut it back and by how much?

Patrick Hoyle

After harvest,cut out the cane that bore fruit, this cane will probably look past it's best-which it is! Leave the healthy green looking cane which will bare next years fruit

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