Chehalem blackberry

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Chehalem blackberry
Chehalem Blackberries
Hybrid parentageHimalayan blackberry(Rubus armeniacus) × Santiam berry, (Rubus ursinus × Loganberry)
BreederGeorge F. Waldo in 1936
OriginCorvallis, Oregon United States

The Chehalem berry is a cross between the Himalayan blackberry and the Santiam berry, which is itself a cross between the California blackberry and the loganberry.

It was first bred in 1936 by George F. Waldo of the USDA, who also developed the Olallie and Marion berries. The Chehalem berry is smaller than the loganberry with bright skin, a shiny black color and small seeds. The flavor is strong and especially good for frozen products.[1][2]

The word Chehalem is derived from Kalapuyan word to a group of the Atfalati tribe in 1877. It is also the name of the highest mountains in the Willamette Valley, near Portland.[3]

The berry is well adapted to the Pacific Coast, (of USA) and is vigorous and productive in moist, rich soil. It has been grown to some extent commercially in Oregon.[1][4]

Chehalem pedigree[edit]

Pacific blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus)
Santiam berry
Chehalem blackberry


  1. ^ a b "Berry Breeding". Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Most Common Types of Berries". Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  3. ^ Heather Arndt Anderson Portland: A Food Biography, p. 25, at Google Books
  4. ^ Patricia Conlin of Food: Boost your Energy, Confidence and Success with the Power of ...&pg=PA53 niYqBgAAQBAJ, p. 53, at Google Books

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