White blackberry

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'White blackberry'
Complimentary banquet in honor of Luther Burbank (1905) (20484046918).jpg
White blackberry "Iceberg" in The Burbank seed book
Breeder Luther Burbank in 1914

The white blackberry is an unusual white variety of blackberry developed by plant breeder Luther Burbank,[1] also known as the iceberg white blackberry or snowbank berry, probably originating as a pun on the name "Burbank".

He originally found a wild pale coloured blackberry in New Jersey, named 'Crystal White'. He then mixed that berry with other pale berries.[1] Burbank had tried out 65,000 unsuccessful crossbreeds,[2] at his facility in Santa Rosa, California, before enjoying success in 1894.[3][4]


External links[edit]

  • Site of Luther Burbank's home & Greenhouse Mr. Burbank's white blackberry is still propagated here today
  • Baker Creek Seeds The white blackberry is available for purchase from rareseeds.com as of 2018, although it is often out of stock due to high demand. Previously it was required to travel to Mr. Burbank's old home to get this variety.