Blackberries are perennial plants which typically bear biennial stems, Flowers Spring/early summer with fruit normally developing late Summer/Autumn. The leaves make a black or grey dye while the roots orange, and the fruit a Grey-blue dye.
Bramble is a food source for honey bees and bumblebees and other wild animals as well as the blackberry fruit widely eaten by people. Leaves are eaten by certain caterpillars and some grazing mammals, especially deer, are also fond of the leaves. Caterpillars of concealer moth have been found feeding inside dead blackberry shoots. When mature, the berries are eaten and their seeds dispersed by several mammals. A fantastic plant for supporting biodiversity and wildlife.
If using as hedge: All species in a wildlife hedge can be cut back or “Coppiced” without harm. In the 1st year after establishment the hedge can be cut back to stimulate growth of the hedge from the base thereafter cut every 2-3 years. If the weather is unsuitable for planting or receiving the hedging, dig a hole and bury the roots of the bunched plants, they can be held like that till planting. After planting it is advantageous to mulch the hedge with lawn mowing or leaf mould to suppress weeds and also be done with plastic or carpet cuts and covered with soil.