Raspberry, Red Raspberry, European Raspberry 'Caroline'

Rubus idaeus

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


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


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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


Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Grand Portage, Minnesota

South Ozone Park, New York

Brookings, Oregon

Collierville, Tennessee

South Jordan, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 17, 2015, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

Love the sweet berries! Grows well in my zone 7b garden.


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.


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!


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!


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.