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PlantFiles: Raspberry, Red Raspberry, European Raspberry
Rubus idaeus 'Heritage'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Species: idaeus (eye-DAY-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Heritage

9 vendors have this plant for sale.

32 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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 Spring


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
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:

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
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral WeezyG On Oct 24, 2014, WeezyG from Brainerd, MN wrote:

I wouldn't really recommend this raspberry for Minnesota - at least not north of the Twin Cities area. We got loads of berries but it freezes too early here - before they have a chance to ripen. Breaks my heart every year! I ended up pulling them out and replacing them with Killarney raspberries which do much better for me here.

Positive dancingbear27 On May 17, 2008, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This raspberry seems to thrive on neglect! I started with only 12 plants and now have well over 100 in about 4 years. I have not have had any trouble with disease. It has produced even in the driest of summers without much extra water. Nice large tasty berries all summer long until frost. My only negative comment is to be careful where to plant it because it is a vigorous grower and will take over other beds if they are close by sending shoots underground.

Neutral Gabrielle On Jan 28, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Heritage' is a pretty good berry. The best berries come in the late summer, and they produce more of them if they are cut back in late fall to early spring. They are a bit heavy on seeds. This variety does not particularly need to be staked.

Positive kerry_in_ky On Mar 29, 2005, kerry_in_ky from Dry Ridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very easy to grow, likes to be kept moist which is accomplished with mulch here. Good flavor, harvest was from mid-August till first good frost.

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

If you live on the west coast like me (Vancouver, B. C.) this is not the best choice. I have grown this variety and find that its flavour is far surpassed by Autumn Bliss. I don't recommend it.

Positive tcfromky On Sep 28, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of the most popular everbearing varieties. Can be cultivated for spring and fall crops, especially in the north. Needs no staking if pruned heavily (mowed to the ground) each spring. Grows in zones 3 - 9.


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

Los Angeles, California
Meridian, Idaho
Dry Ridge, Kentucky
Lewisburg, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Danvers, Massachusetts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Port Sanilac, Michigan
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Elba, New York
Greenlawn, New York
Tillamook, Oregon
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
American Fork, Utah
Marion, Virginia
Midlothian, Virginia
Lakewood, Washington
Bangor, Wisconsin

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