A recent variety and the first Western American type to be bred without thorns. Raised in Oregon, USA, Waldo is very outstanding, the fruits are large, an intense black in colour, and have a very attractive gloss. The quality of the fruits is outstanding, the flavour is even more outstanding. The canes of Waldo are trailing but very compact and should be planted as close as 4' apart. A perfect variety for the small garden with its compact, easy to manage growth. The crop is heavy and ripens in July before the traditional earliest variety; Bedford Giant. The fruits have small seeds which is an added advantage for preserves. With its early high quality fruits, magnificent flavour and compact growth, Waldo is the perfect variety to grow before Loch Ness. Very highly recommended.