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PlantFiles: 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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1996

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

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

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 Spring


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:

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
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jebbroyles 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 macklb 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 Rwimp 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 tcfromky 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.


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

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Brookings, Oregon
South Jordan, Utah

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