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Bristol Black Raspberry

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Description

The best-tasting black raspberry! This all-purpose fruit is large, firm and gorgeous. It tastes great whether you’re eating it fresh, freezing it for later or whipping it up into preserves. Vigorous, upright canes do not require staking. Cold-hardy. Mid-summer bearing. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating. A licensed variety of Cornell University.

Note: Do not plant Red, Gold or Purple raspberries within 75-100 feet of Black raspberries. Black raspberries may be more susceptible to viral diseases carried by aphids to and from nearby raspberry plants.

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Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Rich
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
black raspberries are so hard to find. those in the wild are small and the vines trail so badly. these are erect with bigger berries.
daniel c on May 16, 2016
No staking needed
Donna M on Apr 24, 2016
black raspberries are so hard to find. those in the wild are small and the vines trail so badly. these are erect with bigger berries.
daniel c on May 16, 2016
Cold hardy and large tasty raspberries easy to pick
Vickie B on May 5, 2016
No staking needed
Donna M on Apr 24, 2016
I've had it for decades and it was my Favorite for taste and the first to be ready for picking /eating.
william j on Apr 12, 2016
A great black raspberry with great flavor. Plant does well in most soil conditions.
Michael L on Mar 31, 2016
they used to grow along the road in bucks county, Pennsylvania when i was a kid over 35 years ago. i felt nostalgic.
Laura G on Mar 15, 2016
My husband wanted a black raspberry that he had as a kid.
Andrea W on Mar 14, 2016
Jewel variety does not thrive in my garden, so I choose Bristol.
GREG S on Mar 8, 2016
Have grown it before. They are not long-lived for me but are delicious.
GLENDA D on Feb 27, 2016
Cold hardy and large tasty raspberries easy to pick
Vickie B on May 5, 2016
I've had it for decades and it was my Favorite for taste and the first to be ready for picking /eating.
william j on Apr 12, 2016
I have third year canes; 3 Bristols and 6 Cumberlands planted at our "new" house. Growth is good and we had an OK harvest of about a quart and a half of really good tasting berries this year. But they are smaller than those at our old house. We have very "clayey" soil although I added top soil/vermiculite when I planted. They get morning to early afternoon sun, but are in heavy shade from about 1 pm on. The old house's plants got noon to dusk sunlight. Do either of these account for the smaller sized berries? Taste is NOT a problem. Hoping for better than a pint per crown next year.
David O on Jun 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: To achieve the best size and quality, berry plants prefer full sun: at least 6-8 hours of it. I'm not sure how old your canes were at your last house, but my berries performed a lot like your third-year plants: The fruit seemed smaller than expected, even though the flavor was there. Then the following year, the fruit was much bigger and still flavorful. I attributed it to the weather (much more rain than previous years) and the fact that the plants seemed to hit their stride. As if the previous fruitful years were just practice. It was a welcome surprise!
My plants are third year and plentiful, the problem I have is the fruit isn't terribly sweet and the seeds are hard and plentiful. Am I doing something wrong?
Mike V on Jun 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mike we have our berries hilled up with a 6 inch plus layer of doug fir sawdust, and we water everyday when its warm to keep the sawdust moist. Are your rows in direct sunlight most of the day? These 2 items along with pruning every March should give you the berries your looking for.

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Bristol Black Raspberry
Although only a few vines lived, we have several vines sprouting up , the mature vines are covered with blooms. I am confident in time , it will become a productive berry patch. I seldom buy anything but Stark. Thanks Randall
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
So far so good
At first we were disappointed thinking the live plants would be potted. But, the root clusters were thick and full and the plants were green and leafing out nicely. We planted them immediately with watering every other day that there's no measurable rain. Fenced them in with two foot tall 1/2" square galvanized and covered them on top with same fencing for rabbit protection. Bristols are hard to find, so we were happy you had them. The patch we had at our last home was an amazing producer of huge delicious berries. Looking forward to those days again. When that happens, I'll update our review. Thanks much.
May 23, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Bristol Black Raspberry
I received them in good shape. Planted them and are growing well. However, I am going to pull them out. Berries are too small, and the thorns are too big.

Not what I expected.

Ed Spitzer
June 24, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Not so good luck with my Bristol Raspberries
Unfortunately they didn't grow. I was surprised because I've always considered Stark plants to be the best available.
August 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago