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Produces large crops year after year. Large, glossy black fruit is firm and juicy with superior flavor. A cross between two exemplary black raspberry varieties, Bristol x Cumberland, resulted in this high-quality sweet, black raspberry. Cold-hardy. Mid-summer bearing. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.

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.


Bloom Color Orange, 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 Fine Flavored
Texture Firm And Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 5' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 3 - 4' apart to ensure room for growth.


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!

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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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow raspberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have a few..wanted to add more
Darcy W on Jan 2, 2020
I remember picking wild black raspberries when I was little. I want my kids to experience this wonderful fruit.
Dianne Q on Jun 15, 2019
I have a few..wanted to add more
Darcy W on Jan 2, 2020
Recommended by a friend
Ronald D on Jun 17, 2019
I remember picking wild black raspberries when I was little. I want my kids to experience this wonderful fruit.
Dianne Q on Jun 15, 2019
I ordered black raspberries because they are shade tolerant and walnut (juglone) tolerant.
Michelle A on May 28, 2019
Hardiness Zone and memories of tracking down wild black raspberries as a kid.
Annie S on May 17, 2019
Special pricing
Willis P on May 12, 2019
My mother wished for this instead of a bouquet for Mother's Day
Rebecca R on May 3, 2019
I chose this variety because of the yield and the reviews
Yvonne T on Apr 26, 2019
I have them already and they are doing great
Larry S on Apr 11, 2019
Recommended by the Ohio State University Extension Service for cultivation in Ohio
Marvin R on Apr 2, 2019
Purchased these before from you and wanted to add more plants
Charles N on Mar 31, 2019
I already have this variety and love them.
thilde j on Mar 30, 2019
Wanted a mix of black raspberries and different harvest times to enjoy even longer.
Franklin O on Mar 25, 2019
I'm looking for a different variety of black raspberry to go with my Niwot, Jewel, and Bristol plants
Arthur Q on Mar 13, 2019
I read in a library book that this cross was a good berry producer
Carla S on Mar 2, 2019
looking for a grower that delivered what is advertised on line (picture and description). I found that with my first order of black raspberry bushes that arrived exactly as illustrated on line add and in perfect health and condition,, both plants are thriving and producing new growth, reason for my second order. thank you
Theresa B on Jun 13, 2018
For three years now, I have been trying to raise Jewel black raspberries in raised beds on my acre lot. I've decided to add two new varieties to my patch with the Allen black raspberry.
martha d on Jan 9, 2017
They appear to be one of the easiest black raspberries to grow.
Vivian C on Oct 8, 2016
I love black raspberries and this variety is suppose to be hardy in our climate zone.
Stephen E on Mar 24, 2016
Disease resistant
BOB C on Feb 18, 2016
Recommended by a friend
Ronald D on Jun 17, 2019
I ordered black raspberries because they are shade tolerant and walnut (juglone) tolerant.
Michelle A on May 28, 2019
Does this variety (Allen Black Raspberry) bear fruit on same year cane? or only on old canes?
Betty H on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This variety does not have a primocane (first-year canes) bearing habit. It bears a summer crop on floricanes (older, second-year canes).
How big are the berries?
C A on Jun 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They are about a quarter inch to almost a half inch in length. They haven't ripened yet this season and this is my first harvest of them.
do they have thorns?
timothypastore on Apr 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes - we grow them in Maine because it takes a hardy black raspberry up here - but Allen survive and they still taste pretty good!
How do you protect the plants from disease?
Timothy G on Sep 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have had these plants for 2 years, letting them develop in a local patch. Never had any disease issues, here in Northern Maine. I just apply 10-10-10 in spring and some nutrients in summer, and let them develop.
I purchased allen blackberries in 2015, yes they are hard to get started, need lots of initial care, first fruit was in 2016 and it was excellent! how low should I prune first year canes?
LINDA L on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hello. I agree they are hard to get started! Congratulations on getting a first year crop! Now you need to cut the old first year canes to the ground. They will not bear fruit again. Then you cut the new growth of canes to about 4 to 5 feet tall. Then you trim the side shoots to about 1 foot in length. They will be the ones to bear fruit for this year. If you want more starts and the side shoots have grown long enough to touch the ground, pin them there to start rooting and therefore; starts a new plant. I hope that this has been helpful. Diana Jensen, Idaho Master Gardener
How big are theshipped plants?
Elizabeth D on Feb 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are shipped approx. 12-18 inches tall.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When is the best time to plant?
Timothy G on Sep 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Do you ship to Indiana ?
Ruth L on Mar 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we ship to all of the continental U. S. states and Alaska.

Customer Reviews

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Love my black raspberries!
I bought my raspberries last spring and they all survived planting (I bought 3 sets of 3 plants, 9 total). No sign of disease and they grew very well that first summer. It produced a few berries that first year from the 2nd year old stem and the berries were tasty. The canes this year are huge and covered in flowers (it's only mid May) and I can't wait to get my ripe berries soon! My only advice to Start Bros and anyone who buys these berries, would be to get more info on the best growing techniques for that first year (and for the years after). I found some good info from Cornell University for pruning (but only for the 2nd year canes, not the first year). I did not find anything on the best fertilizing type/method.

Here are some things I've learned that could help others:

Black Raspberries LOVE water, give them as much as they can take.

That first year, protect the shoots under 2 feet tall from rodents (chicken wire) and insects/slugs (I had trouble with ear wigs and slugs on some). It they get chewed on when small it really sets them back for the whole rest of the season.

I trellised my canes that first year, many of them growing to about 20 feet long. As I look at them flowering now in year 2, the amount of flowers dwindles away the farther from the base of the plant. I recommend letting the canes grow all season, but prune them back in early spring. The shoots tend to dry and die back a little from the prune site, so pruning just before bud break seems best. I would also recommend pruning the canes to about 8 feet long and any lateral branches that grew to about 2-3 feet long (depending on how thick they are). Thinner canes don't seem to produce as much flowering.
May 19, 2017
over 4 years ago
Allen Black Rasp
Just a quick history. My grandfather Herbert Allen is the one that developed this berry around 1965. I believe that it is one of the best berries. As far as my berries they have yet to produce any but I know that they will either this year or next year for sure. The bushes are firm and growing very well. Looking forward to the fruit. This is my first opportunity to grow this berry in over 40 years.
May 17, 2016
over 5 years ago
Grows better than a weed.
This will be the first year it produces. The cains grew to great lengths last year. Little tending was necessary as they took off from the start.
May 4, 2017
over 3 years ago
For: Allen Black Raspberry
We live in the Midwest, I found it hard to get these raspberries plants started but if you do get them started they do quite well. Wounderful sweet fruit, enjoy!
May 6, 2016
over 5 years ago
Love my black raspberries
These bushes grew up to be very full and healthy, and the fruit is delicious. Liked them so much that after my first order of six, the following year I bought six more.
June 14, 2017
over 3 years ago
Great plants, grew well!
I planted these last spring inside my fenced garden in southern NH. I covered the ground with straw mulch over the winter. This year the shoots have multiplied and everything looks healthy so far.
May 23, 2017
Very Vigorous growth
These plants will take over a space quickly after the first year, if you don't train them with some sort of trellis system. They are very large and tasty fruits!
January 9, 2020
over 2 years ago
Grows great in Maryland
I purchased these several years ago. Bought 3 plants and put them in my yard.
Two survived (mostly due to placement) and from those two bushes we got enough berries to make 16 pies! They are juicy, plump berries (some of the best). Since these berries were invented by someone in my wife's family, she wanted this variety to grow. We have now moved to a new house and just ordered a lot more.
April 15, 2019
10 months ago
Survived the winter!
Ealthy and strong this spring... berries expected.
May 13, 2017
over 3 years ago
Deck in Brooklyn
I had good luck for years at another deck in Brooklyn, morning sun, with black raspberries in large pots, 12 to 14 inches as I remember, measured from the top. They survived some really harsh winters. Then I decided to add a red raspberry bush. The black raspberry bushes were dead in weeks. Going to the Internet, I learned you cannot do that. Anyway, at a different location, less sun, starting over, I decided to go back to the black raspberries. Sparse in their first year. But they look really good now. Lots of developing berries on last year's canes, and new canes growing nicely. And this all in spite of a very dicey spring. So that's a positive. My efforts with red raspberries (after the unfortunate culture clash) plus blueberries did not work, or at least well. Black raspberries at least for me seem a lot more resilient. We'll see how big and succulent they are. Last time out, they were good, but the seeds were a little hard, more pronounced than you would want. But we're talking containers here. So, again, we'll see.
June 11, 2018
over 2 years ago