Raspberry, Red Raspberry, European Raspberry

Rubus idaeus

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


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 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

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:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


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


Anchorage, Alaska

Keystone Heights, Florida

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Chicago, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Jacksonville, Illinois

Brookeville, Maryland

Valley Lee, Maryland

Pinconning, Michigan

Haines Falls, New York

Portland, Oregon

Austin, Texas

Green Acres, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 11, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

Tea made from the leaves are excellent women's menstrual and some pregnancy complaints (mostly to help with bleeding); other uses also.


On Aug 26, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant's medicinal use by native American indians is extensive. Chippewa, Iroquois, Cherokee and Omaha indians used this plant for everything from toothache remedies to cough medicines to analgesics and much more.


On May 19, 2002, Baa wrote:

Suckering shrub from Europe and possibly other temperate regions of the world.

Has pinnate, toothed, veined, mid green leaves which sometimes bear small prickles. The arching stems (canes) bear an abundance of thorns and gloves are advised if you need to cut them back. Bears short lived white flowers, followed by red, sweet tasting fruit (drupe) in Autumn.

Flowers May-July

Likes moist but well drained, fertile soil in sun or shade.

Very heavy feeders which won't fruit well on light soil.

Plant 2 ft apart in rows, 4 ft apart, canes planted too close won't fruit so well as those given space. Keep the area free of weeds, raspberries aren't keen on competition.

In late Autumn cut summer fruited stems to t... read more