Brandywine Purple Raspberry
The Brandywine Purple Raspberry plant was developed at Cornell University in the New York Agricultural station at Geneva, N.Y. A beautiful hybrid between a red raspberry and black raspberry, Brandywine produces delicious purple raspberries throughout the summer and fall. Considered to be a less vigorous spreader than most raspberries, Brandywine’s thorns are also more spaced out than other raspberry varieties. Brandywine berries have been widely used in wine making and are fantastic for baking, turning from purple into a vibrant red when cooked. Hardy to zone 4.
Primocane fruiting raspberries, commonly called Everbearing raspberries, produce flowers and fruit on first year canes. Primocane varieties will produce a moderate crop in June and a much larger crop from late August until frost. Primocane varieties can be mowed to the ground after harvest and require less trellising than June bearing varieties.
Floricane fruiting raspberries, or June-bearing, produce flowers and fruit on second year canes. Their fruit ripens in June or July, depending on the location and conditions. These varieties will require a permanent trellis or support to grow on.
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Latin Name: Rubus idaeus
Site and Soil: Raspberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 20° F or below.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Fruit Color: Purple
Fruit Size: Large
Size at Maturity: 6 ft. by 5 ft.
Bloom Time: Late Spring
Ripening Time: July & September
Pests & Diseases: Raspberries are generally free of insect and disease problems.
USDA Zone: 4-8