General Plant Information (Edit)
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
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Raspberry

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Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2023-06-27
Location: Base of Moose Falls, Yellowstone National Park
Date: 2022-08-24
wild red raspberries are small compared to cultivated varieties,
Location: Base of Moose Falls, Yellowstone National Park
Date: 2022-08-24
wild red raspberries are small compared to cultivated varieties,
Location: Fairfax, VA
Date: 2022-03-30
Super yummyyyyyyy
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-21
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2013-07-08
Everbearing, almost thornless, don't hurt without gloves.

Date: 2020-04-03
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-30
Location: Canada
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Location: Canada

Date: 2016-09-15
New growth and buds

Date: 2016-09-15

Date: 2017-10-26
Raspberry canes, early spring

Date: 2016-09-15
Cane with immature fruit

Date: 2016-07-30
Cane borer damage

Date: 2016-07-30
Cane borer girdling
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-06-24
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 22, 2012 1:33 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and white grey pollen for honey bees. They also get honeydew from this plant.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 25, 2014 7:09 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Linneaj (Southern Maine, border 5b/6a - Zone 5b) on Jul 22, 2014 6:22 AM concerning plant:
    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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antsinmypants On May 20, 2024 Transplanted
Next to existing raspberries up against Maple tree near fallen Mulberry tree.
antsinmypants On May 14, 2023 Obtained plant
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