The Q&A Archives: Raspberries in the Desert?

Question: I live in Mesa Arizona and I would like to grow raspberries but it seems there are none available for my zone. Would I be able to trick these plants by providing lots of shade. My yard has many mature trees and is partially shaded most of the day. What is a desert hardy species?

Answer: You probably can't find any raspberries because they just don't thrive in the low desert and aren't recommended. However, blackberries will grow here, but they need full sun. They might benefit from afternoon shade, but they still need at least 6-8 hours per day of full sun. 'Rosborough' and 'Womack' did well in a study conducted at the Yuma Agriculture Center. 'Brison' and 'Brazos' are two other varieties that are often available and will also grow here. Good luck!

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