‘Galaxy’ is a thornless, semierect high-quality blackberry (Rubus subg. Rubus Watson) that has firm, large, dark fruit suited for the fresh market and that ripen in the early season for this type of blackberry. ‘Galaxy’ was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) breeding program in Corvallis, OR, in cooperation with Oregon State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station. This cultivar is unique in that we believe it and ‘Eclipse’ (Finn et al., 2020) are the first cultivars to combine germplasm from the eastern and western North American blackberry germplasm pools. ‘Galaxy’ is introduced as a high-quality blackberry that has medium-large berries that ripen in the early, semierect blackberry season when it is firmer or earlier than current standards. ‘Galaxy’ and ‘Eclipse have many characteristics in common, including high-quality fruit in the early semierect season and vigorous, productive plants. ‘Galaxy’ fruit tend to be slightly larger and slightly more irregularly shaped than those of ‘Eclipse’. ‘Galaxy’ should be adapted to areas where other semierect blackberries can be grown successfully. A U.S. Plant Patent (USPP 30,062) was granted (Finn, 2019).
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