Raised by Long Ashton Research Station. A very heavy cropping blackberry with the real blackberry flavour. The fruits are medium sized, bright attractive and borne in heavy clusters. Juicy fruits hang in abundance with the real wild blackberry flavour. Superb for freezing, pies, desserts, jams and all purposes. Ashton Cross has given exceptionally heavy yields of quality fruit at the National Fruit trials over a 5 year period and has cropped at 50% more than Bedford Giant, the standard heaviest cropping variety. The fruits are normally ripe the first week in August and continue until the end of September giving an 8 week picking period from the vigorous canes. Ashton Cross was selected from a collection of wild blackberries at Long Ashton Research Station and a virus tested clone was prepared by the Scottish Crop Research Institute. Our stocks are propagated from this initial release of FOUNDATION MEDANA STOCK. Very popular.