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Bristol Black Raspberry

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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.


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
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!

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
Previous experience growing this variety. Large berries and very tasteful
Ronald D on Jun 17, 2019
Hardiness and for comparison to the Allen Black Raspberry.
Annie S on May 17, 2019
Previous experience growing this variety. Large berries and very tasteful
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
Hardiness and for comparison to the Allen Black Raspberry.
Annie S on May 17, 2019
Miss the taste of the black vs red
James A D on May 15, 2019
high in antioxidants
Rose B on May 10, 2019
good flavor and upright canes
Willeene G on Apr 28, 2019
Good cross pollinator for Allen Black Raspberries.
Richard M on Apr 15, 2019
Plant Description
Teresa N on Apr 13, 2019
My favorite berry and could not find any in my area for purchase.
Michelle B on Apr 10, 2019
Liked the details
Michael l on Mar 31, 2019
I already have this variety and love them.
thilde j on Mar 30, 2019
This is a reliable black raspberry that produces nice-sized berries on strong canes. The berries are very flavorful. The canes are generally winter-hardy in our area which is prone to bitterly cold winds in January and February.
GARY S on Mar 29, 2019
Wanted a mix of black raspberries and different harvest times to enjoy even longer.
Franklin O on Mar 25, 2019
I had a patch of these before and loved them.
Garry C on May 26, 2018
upright canes, first year bearing
walter b on May 22, 2018
For jelly and eating. Black Raspberries are the most delicious berries ever!
Patricia H on Sep 13, 2017
Heard that this is a great variety and will have a lag in production with the Jewel plants
Jeff the farmer on Apr 9, 2017
Black raspberries are so delicious in the wild, but they are disappearing in my neck of the woods, replaced by tasteless thimbleberries. I'll plant one in my small yard, and two in the nature preserve where I walk almost every day. These plants should have thorns, otherwise the deer will destroy them.
Laura C on Mar 14, 2017
Because I love black raspberries. My mother loved them and I planted some for her many years ago. They produced consistently every year. I sold my home and forgot to get some starts before I moved out and have been looking diligently for plants for my new home in AZ. I can hardly wait for Summer next year! Yummy!!!!
Barbara J G on Mar 14, 2017
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 Stricker on Mar 8, 2016
Have grown it before. They are not long-lived for me but are delicious.
GLENDA D on Feb 27, 2016
I ordered black raspberries because they are shade tolerant and walnut (juglone) tolerant.
Michelle A on May 28, 2019
Miss the taste of the black vs red
James A D on May 15, 2019
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.
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!
Does this plant have thorns?
Denise S on Apr 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes but they are easy to work around when pruning or picking.
Can you grow red raspberries & black raspberries together?
Eileen T on Jul 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Because of disease, you are not supposed to grow black and red together,
you're supposed to keep them separate.
how much fruit do you get per plant?
joe a on Feb 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Much will depend upon the sun, rainfall, nutrients and soil quality, but on average, you can expect 3-4 quarts per mature plant.
Is a thornless black berry plant available?
Jerry G on Jul 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is a great variety, and also disease-resistant: //
Will the plants in the gallon container bear fruit sooner? Are they older? Thank you.
Elizabeth Q on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They are one year older and will bear on the sooner side of the "Years to Bear" range posted above.
How many berries should I expect each plant to produce?
MarkG on Jul 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Of course, much will depend upon the sunlight, rainfall, food and soil conditions, but on average you can expect about a quart per plant.

Customer Reviews

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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
over 4 years ago
They all died
They arrived alive and in a timely manner. Unfortunately they all died. None lived through the summer heat. Cannot recommend for a hot climate.
May 6, 2016
over 5 years ago
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
over 5 years ago
Healthy berries
Bore several berries the first year with 10 hours of sun daily and heavily mulched
November 12, 2016
over 4 years ago
Poor start
I purchased three bristol and three jewel plants. The jewel performed great. However, the canes sent were spindly and lacked vigor only sening up one or two thin canes. They are doing better this yea, but remain well behind the jewel.
May 9, 2017
over 3 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
over 4 years ago
Bristol Black Raspberry
We planted the plants next to an old tree stump and they have set new plants off completely around it now. They set off a lot of new runners in a very short time.The berries are big and make some of the best pies , cobblers, jams and jellies. .
February 12, 2018
over 5 years ago
Love my black raspberries!
I planted 3 black raspberry canes last year. This year they are covered with beautiful berries. I'm sure they are delicious. I covered them with a net so the birds don't eat them all before I get a chance to try them!
June 17, 2017
over 3 years ago
Planted late last summer, so far the plant looks very hardy, growing well.
July 7, 2019
1 year ago
Hardy plant
Fast grower, looking forward to eating the fruit this year. Survived the first winter well. I sort of ignored this plant during the hot summer last year and it did not mind one bit.
May 4, 2017
over 3 years ago