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PlantFiles: Raspberry, Red Raspberry, European Raspberry
Rubus idaeus 'Autumn Bliss'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Species: idaeus (eye-DAY-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Autumn Bliss
Additional cultivar information: (PP6597)
Hybridized by E. Keep; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1987

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Patent expired

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Joan On Nov 11, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 6597 has expired
Neutral berrygirl On Mar 6, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This ever-bearing red raspberry produces its large nice-flavored berries in August; an erect plant (needing little support) with high yields.

Positive rubus On Dec 31, 2004, rubus from vancouver
Canada wrote:

In Vancouver, B. C. (like Seattle) this is the best variety of fall red raspberry to grow. Our late-summer and early fall weather is likely to be cool so other later varieties are not satisfactory. I harvested this year starting in early August and finished at the end of October. I mow the canes to the ground in the winter so I only get a fall crop of large berries. I recommend this to all who have also got some spring raspberries in their gardens. The flavour is not as good as the better spring varieties (Meeker, Tulameen) but is definitely worth growing. I recommend it highly and advise that spring raspberries make the perfect companions. You will then have fresh berries for five months and will be able to grow Autumn Bliss as a fall-only plant. It is at its best this way.

Positive kateinengland On Aug 30, 2004, kateinengland from Aston Nr Henley on Thames
United Kingdom wrote:

We planted 4 canes of 'Autumn Bliss' next to our pond in February 2003. Last summer we had some fruit and were thrilled. In February 2004 we cut all of the canes down to about 5 cm and they came back gangbusters. We now have about 15 canes all laden with fruit.

The canes came from our neighbor and the instructions that she gave us were to plant them and then immediately cut them all the way down to 5cm. The fruit would come onto new growth each year. We only watered during the dryest part of the summer ( note we are in Southeast England so the summer has been VERY wet this year)

In terms of propagation the canes can be dug up and split when dormant (mid to late Feb here) They can be a bit invasive if left to their own devices. But we love them and find the ease of growth (no staking required) adds to their charm.

Positive kooger On Aug 29, 2004, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

An early Autumn fruiting raspberry from the East Malling Research Station, England. Large, oval-conical, medium to dark red berry. Fairly easy to plug. This berry has a pleasant mild flavor. Autumn Bliss ripens earlier than Heritage, overlapping in mid-August with the latest summer cropping varieties and continuing into October. Spiny canes are fairly erect and may be grown with little or no support. Moderate cane density. High yields. Autumn Bliss bridges the gap between late Summer and Fall varieties. This gives home gardeners, fruit stand operations, and fresh market producers the opportunity of continuous cropping throughout late Summer and early Fall. Zone 3-9. Everbearing.

A very early fall bearer (at least 2 weeks ahead of Heritage) with an extended harvest season. We picked these from late August through the last week of September. Bliss is large and firm, ships well, and is good for processing. It is resistant to mosaic virus. Cross-pollinator not needed.

Personal experience: I have grown these for 5 years. This spring I decided to cut off ALL the canes, not just the spent 2 yr. old canes and see what they produced on 1 yr. canes only. I am amazed at the difference. The fruit is considerably larger and more prolific. I plan to continue chopping off all canes in early spring. This summer, I have been picking fruit since the first week of August, with yield increasing every week.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Inwood, Iowa
Rufus, Oregon
Mountlake Terrace, Washington

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