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Rubus caesius 'Youngberry'
SpeciesRubus caesius
BreederByrnes M. Young, a businessman in Morgan City, Louisiana

The youngberry is a complex hybrid between three different berry species from the genus Rubus of the rose family: raspberry, blackberry, and dewberry.[1] The berries of the plant are eaten fresh or used to make juice, jam, and in recipes.

The youngberry was created in the early 20th century by B.M. Young in Louisiana by crossing the "Phenomenal" blackberry–raspberry hybrid with the "Mayes" dewberry.[1] It is similar to the loganberry, "nectarberry", and boysenberry in shape, color, and flavor.[1][2] Youngberries can be grown in fertile clay soils.[3] They are cultivated on small farms and home gardens in Oregon, South Africa (Swellendam), Australia, and New Zealand.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Darrow, G.M. (1955). "Blackberry—raspberry hybrids". Journal of Heredity. 46 (2): 67–71. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.jhered.a106521.
  2. ^ a b Chad E Finn; Bernadine C Strik (1 January 2014). "Blackberry cultivars for Oregon" (PDF). Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Corvallis, Oregon, US Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b Heally, Paul (2 November 2013). "Cane and able". Organic Gardener, Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ GA Wood, MT Andersen, RLS Forster, M Braithwaite, HK Hall (1999). "History of Boysenberry and Youngberry in New Zealand in relation to their problems with Boysenberry decline, the association of a fungal pathogen, and possibly a phytoplasma, with this disease". New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science. 27 (4): 281–95. doi:10.1080/01140671.1999.9514108.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


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