Raspberry, Red Raspberry, European Raspberry
Rubus idaeus 'Caroline'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Species: idaeus (eye-DAY-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Caroline
Additional cultivar information:(PP10412)
Hybridized by Swartz/Fiola/Stiles/Smith
Registered or introduced: 1996

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

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:

Patented

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

Regional

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

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Brookings, Oregon

South Jordan, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 4, 2013, jebbroyles from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

I planted these 1 1/2 years ago. I chose this variety since the description said they do well in the south. I had heard Dorman Red also does well, but many people say the taste isn't good. The first fall, I had a few berries. We had a really mild winter here in south Louisiana - it only got below 32 degrees twice this last winter. I wasn't expecting much then this year since I had heard that raspberries require chill hours to flower and fruit. These Caroline raspberries began growing like crazy this spring and started producing berries in late April. Here it is July, very hot, and they are still thriving and covered with berries!! The berries are delicious! They get sun until around noon, and I irrigate them daily and fertilize with 24-8-16. Growing in raised beds with lots of peat.

Positive

On Feb 26, 2011, macklb from Fairfield, CA wrote:

These grow wonderfully in Western Oregon. They bear heavily from August until about Thanksgiving time. They are hard to beat for jam, cobbler and fresh eating!

Positive

On Dec 4, 2004, Rwimp from American Falls, ID wrote:

I have a small fresh produce farm in SE Idaho. I grow about 10 different kinds of raspberries. I would say for a fall berring berry Caroline is the BEST as of today!

Neutral

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

This plant produces a large, well-flavored red raspberry. It ripens earlier than most raspberries, as early as August in Virginia and even earlier farther south. Typically, it continues to produce fruit until frost.