Lawton Blackberry

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Lawton  Floricane Thorny (almost no thorns): Very DELICIOUS and VERY  Sweet , good Size medium berries ripen in mid-season. It has a very nice history! "The Lawton blackberry (often referred to as New Rochelle and Secor's Mammoth) originated in the village of New Rochelle in New York, and was the first widely cultivated variety of blackberry in the United States. It was either an accidental seedling from a wild variety of blackberry, or possibly a sort accidentally brought to this country by the French Huguenots who settled New Rochelle in 1688. The fruit-bearing bush is from the genus Rubus, in the rose family, and bears large berries that grow to about an inch long.The first plant was discovered in 1834 by Lewis Seacor, who noticed the plant growing wild in a field owned by his neighbor, Frederick Prime. (He is a 3rd great grandpa of Hare Delafield, manager of BerriesUnlimited), husband of Lydia Hare (who is a granddaughter of Comfort Sand, famous PA politician).  Their daughter, Emily Prime, was married into Delafield Family. Frederic Prime was  the richest banker in NY City. Seacor was initially drawn to the fruit on account of its large size and rich very sweet flavor and, in 1838, he removed some of the plants to his garden and began their cultivation. Several years later he began distributing plants to neighbors and townspeople whose interest in the new fruit helped spread its notoriety. Throughout the region the blackberry became commonly known as "Seacor's Mammoth". In 1848, George Seymour & Co., of Norwalk, Ct., nurserymen, obtained some plants and began working to increase their stock before advertising the new berry to the general public. At the same time, William Lawton, also of New Rochelle, obtained his first plants and spent the next several years working on their propagation. In 1853, Lawton showed the berries at a meeting of the "American Farmers' Club", stating that while he did not know who initially discovered the plant and brought it into garden culture, it was found on the roadside and thence introduced into neighboring gardens. The Farmers' Club passed a vote of thanks to Mr. Lawton, and named the fruit the "Lawton Blackberry". Individuals in New Rochelle, acquainted with the blackberry, knew of its discovery by Seacor and referred to the plant as "Seacor's" or "famous ". It was also well known that Mr. Prince, a new  owner of the farm where the fruit was found, actually destroyed many of the original bushes while making improvements to the property without knowing anything of their existence, and, was it not for Seacor's efforts, the fruit would have become extinct.( Wikipedia)" . It has very small thorns.

Zone: 3-8

Size: Gallon


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  • 5

    Good communication, shipping right-on-time, arrived fresh, alive and ready to plant!

    Posted by Ron on 13th May 2019

    Good communication, shipping right-on-time, arrived fresh, alive and ready to plant! Thank you!

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