Mac Black RaspberryLate. Parentage unknown. Bred by Canadian bramble breeder Ed Lowden of Ontario. Makielski’s Berry Farm intro, Michigan.
Among the latest of the black raspberries, Mac is a season extender that ripens about a week or more after Jewel. Medium-large flavorful juicy berries have a firm cohesive texture.
Plant in hills (see planting info). Upright productive canes benefit from trellising. May produce September fruit at the tips of unpruned first-year canes in warmer areas. This is our first year offering Mac.
Unlike red raspberries, which sucker and spread, “black caps” stay where they are planted unless you let the long canes arch way out and root themselves in the ground. Pile a little soil over the rooting spot and in a year or so you’ll have plants to spread around the neighborhood.
Black raspberries bear on second-year canes (floricanes). Susceptible to anthracnose and tolerant of powdery mildew. Z4/5. (certified virus-free well-rooted plugs)
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