Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) in the Rubus Database

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 4 - 8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Fall
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Flies
Bees
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Honey Bees in the Garden:  MayHoney Bees in the Garden: May
May 5, 2011

May is a month that showcases flowers for special days. Flowers for May Day, flowers for Mother's Day, flowers for Memorial Day and flowers for the honey bees.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 22, 2012 1:33 PM

Valuable source of nectar and white grey pollen for honey bees. They also get honeydew from this plant.

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Posted by Linneaj (Southern Maine, border 5b/6a - Zone 5b) on Jul 22, 2014 6:22 AM

My raspberries are thornless, everbearing, and prolific. They spread from 2 plants that jumped the neighbor's fence and are now a 10 x 14 foot patch that I thin every year. In zone 5a, we have a huge crop from mid June through the end of July and a lesser crop with larger berries in October. I have no idea what "name" they had.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 25, 2014 7:09 PM

Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is grown primarily for its fruit. In addition to its culinary uses, Rubus idaeus is a larval host plant for the Spring Azure and Grey Hairstreak Butterflies. According to the NPIN, it has special value to native, bumble, and honey bees and provides nesting material and structure for native bees. Finally, its berries attract birds, which help to disperse its seeds. Its vigorous growth through root suckering and seed dispersal, combined with its thorns, make it a good candidate for container gardening.

R. idaeus needs well-drained soil and fruits best in cooler summers. Its canes (stems) are biennial and fruit appears only on old growth, so stems are best pruned right after their fruit is harvested.

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