What is this growth on my blackberry bush? #253674 - Ask Extension

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What is this growth on my blackberry bush? #253674

Asked June 12, 2015, 7:32 PM EDT

What happened to my blackberry vine?

New Castle County Delaware

Expert Response

Hello,

This could be a gall from the blackberry knot gall wasp or a similar species.  If it is a gall there are tiny wasps growing inside the structure, which are harmless to people and largely harmless to your blackberry plant.  You could, of course, prune this gall out if you wanted to, dissect it if you are so inclined, or just watch it to see what happens.

There is some more information about blackberry knot gall wasp online here and here.

Best regards,

Emmalea Ernest Replied June 18, 2015, 11:48 AM EDT
 I've never seen this before- kinda freaked me out. It is good to know the wasps are harmless; but I think I'll prune it nonetheless.
Thanks so much!
The Question Asker Replied June 18, 2015, 12:02 PM EDT

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