Bushel and Berry® Raspberry Shortcake®

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Compact and thornless! Harvest light red berries with ease. Fruit flavor is sweet with a vanilla essence. No need to trellis or stake this plant. Sturdy canes give an appealing natural mound shape. Grows well in containers! Ripens in late June early July. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #22,141 or other patents. NR7 cultivar.

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.

After planting, be sure to prune the bare-root canes back to about 2 inches above the ground. (This does not apply to potted raspberry plants.) Do not skip this step! It is a crucial factor in encouraging the roots to send up new growth during the growing season. It is in the nature of raspberry plants to send up new growth as suckers or basal shoots from below the ground. This means the canes that you plant may not be where you find signs of life or new growth. When it’s time to grow, you will see new sprouts emerge from the ground around where you planted the cane, and this growth is coming from the raspberry plant’s root system.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late June Early July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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 2 - 3' tall x 2 - 3' 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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
trying to start converting patio and yard to an edible landscape. This looked like a perfect candidate to help achieve end goal!
Marta P on Apr 17, 2021
The size it stays at and the brand. Bushel and Berry are awesome.
Ashley M on Apr 4, 2021
trying to start converting patio and yard to an edible landscape. This looked like a perfect candidate to help achieve end goal!
Marta P on Apr 17, 2021
Small backyard and this sounded fun.
Diane D on Apr 7, 2021
The size it stays at and the brand. Bushel and Berry are awesome.
Ashley M on Apr 4, 2021
raspberries that I can grow in a container
Daniel S on Apr 4, 2021
Perma garden start
Mark on Apr 1, 2021
Thornless raspberry plant that grows in my zone!
Kerry F on Apr 1, 2021
No staking and thornless
Christine M on Mar 30, 2021
For Mom
Joy N on Mar 29, 2021
Because you sell the best products. I have been buying them for years. I have even been to you store.
Michelle G on Mar 22, 2021
So I can keep it close to enjoy eating off the bush plus the good reviews.
sue c on Mar 21, 2021
thought i would try one
Russ S on Mar 20, 2021
Compact, thornless, recommended
Beverly W on Mar 13, 2021
Smaller size, will be in large pots
William W on Mar 11, 2021
Container friendly and great reviews ??????
Erica W on Feb 27, 2021
Heart healthy !!!
Gigi C on Feb 13, 2021
Cynthia B on Feb 7, 2021
Looking forward to growing these in large planters on the front porch.
Beth W on Feb 4, 2021
My sister has some and loves them!
Lynette J on Feb 2, 2021
Seem like a good choice for a planter. Good reviews and cute name!
Stephanie P on Jan 12, 2021
Want to try smaller plants.
Anita M on Dec 29, 2020
No thorns & can put in pot or ground, whichever I choose.
Kimberly L on Dec 28, 2020
Wanted thornless variety and love raspberries. Buying raspberries in store are too expensive, lack flavor and mold quickly. Thus growing my own will provide fresh, flavorful berries to eat.
Sherald T on Dec 6, 2020
I was looking for a container raspberry for my kids. Thornless , and recommended for Southern environment
Jessalin B on Jun 1, 2020
Love the idea of container planting
Donna B on May 17, 2020
hotshot on May 17, 2020
Edible landscaping plant to finish a bed
Elizabeth Y on May 10, 2020
good review and I want to grow it in my backyard
kanchana c on May 10, 2020
Compact and ease of growing
Stacey M on May 9, 2020
I like that it is a bush variety
Sarah P on May 8, 2020
It was thornless
Mariah N on May 6, 2020
I chose the Raspberry shortcake because the are thornless and self pollinating
Angel S on May 3, 2020
Because it will not spread and take over my yard
Cynthia D on May 2, 2020
I love raspberries! And my backyard is running out of room, so I love that this is a compact plant. Plus, the name is adorable!!
LAUREN E on Apr 28, 2020
I wanted a potable dwarf raspberry plant for my deck.
Jennifer P on Apr 26, 2020
My wife had these already but she wanted more and I found them on your site .I getting them for her Birthday . Ive bought fruit trees for you guys threw the years and I like them So I came back to see if you had the Raspberries now Thanks Mark Bishop
Mark B on Feb 26, 2020
Limited amount of space - will go on 2nd floor deck. LOVE raspberries.
M A on Feb 25, 2020
Daughters love Raspberry and Blueberry. Going to let them plant and enjoy.
Michael S on Feb 23, 2020
I???ve heard good things about these plants and have limited growing space.
Kelly S on Feb 22, 2020
self pollinator, container plant and no thorns!
Deborah H on Feb 21, 2020
Zone compatibility
Phonechaleun D on Feb 17, 2020
Thornless and cost
John R on Feb 12, 2020
Thornless! Hoping it tastes as good as the old standards.
Mary H on Feb 9, 2020
Less thorns, compact growth.
Kenneth on Jan 25, 2020
It was one of the few Rasberry plants compatible with my zone of 9a.
Kristen E on Jan 4, 2020
Growing strawberry and blueberry already, wanted to round out the berry selection from my yard. Plan to container these.
NAOMI O on Dec 6, 2019
Quick fruit production
Justin E on Oct 26, 2019
I think I bought it by mistake but looks good as long as its zone 9 rated
Paul K on Oct 22, 2019
This is such an easy to grow raspberry -- so carefree and thornless, especially in a self watering pot. We get enough rainfall, so all we had to do is remember to harvest the raspberries when they're ripe. My kids loved it so much that they requested planting some when we moved.
RITA PIN A on Oct 12, 2019
Needed thornless raspberries. Have the Canby, so wanted to try this as well. Decent price.
John W on Oct 4, 2019
I want to grow raspberries in a pot
Jerry W on Aug 28, 2019
Small backyard and this sounded fun.
Diane D on Apr 7, 2021
raspberries that I can grow in a container
Daniel S on Apr 4, 2021
What size container should each plant be planted?
Pamela E on Feb 24, 2016
If grown in a container, what is the winter care in zone 6A?
Jan A on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am in zone 6A as well (Hudson Valley NY) and have 3 Raspberry Shortcake in 20" pots. I just put them up against the side of garage and mulched heavily and covered with burlap. Got down to -10 a few nights this winter and they are ok. Plants are now 4 years old.
Does this need winter protection in zone 8A and what size container should it be planted in?
Sherry F on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. The BrazelBerry shouldn't need winter protection in your location and should be allowed to go dormant each winter. You can plant this item in a 20-24" container.
What size planter is needed to grow this in a container?
Careg L on Feb 2, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: They will arrive in a quart-size pot. Start off by transplanting this to a 2-5 gallon container, and then when the plant outgrows that, you can "pot up" to a 16-20" container.
Do Brazel Berries Raspberry Shortcake attract aphids?
JANE H on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If aphids are problematic/present on your other raspberries and garden plants, they will more than likely visit this plant as well.
original plant in a pot. appears to have runners coming up about 4 inches from main plant. Leave or remove ?
jeanne s on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: From the Bushel & Berry folks: The sprouts from the ground will become canes that fruit next year and old canes with new growth emerging will have fruit. Leave all the new shoots from the ground and old canes that have green leaves emerging. Prune all the dead canes with no new growth at ground level.
How do you prune this type of raspberry? I have mine planted in a container to grow on a patio
Brooke R on Nov 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Brooke, This is a really good question. According to the Bushel and Berry?????plant care instructions allow plants to go dormant in the winter without pruning. In early spring, green sprouts will come up from the soil and also appear on some of the pre-existing canes. The sprouts from the ground will eventually become canes which will fruit the following season. Old canes with new growth should fruit this year. Cut back the dead canes without new growth to ground level. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Hello. Is this a 1 year plant? And how large is the container? Thank you!
Janice F on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! The raspberry will be in a quart-sized pot and is 6-12 months old when we ship.
I am interested in the Raspberry Shortcake variety because it is compact and thornless, but a pollinator is suggested (although not necessary). Are there other varieties that are compact and thornless that I could use for that purpose?
Mary D on Mar 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We planted it with our standard varieties, so unable to help. Sorry.
are the stems of the plants supposed to be brown or green?
R S on Oct 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The stems are green. Older stems may eventually die and need to be cut out.
This happens a little bit every year. If you have brown stems now, I would cut them back to about 12 inches and wait for new growth in the spring. If you are talking about a new plant that just arrived, it may just be dormant and I would plant it and wait to see if it grows in the spring.
Will these fruit in the fall?
Andrea o on Feb 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They fruit thru out the season so again I recommend buying several to achieve berry happiness
I am planning to plant 4 container grown blueberries. What 2 varieties do you recommend for zone 9 Northeast Florida?
John d on Oct 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi John - Southern highbush blueberry plants are heat-tolerant, which means they excel in climates with higher average temperatures. Southern highbush varieties thrive in soils with a low pH level, and tend to be more drought-tolerant than their northern highbush counterparts. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what size of pot do I plant in?
Venkatesh K on May 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in a large 18 inch pot and this being the second year, it is spreading to fit the pot. I believe it will fill whatever size pot you put it in.
Is the bush established or do I have to grow it?
Janis H on May 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The bush is established to a degree in a small pot, but it needs to be planted in a large container or in the ground in order for it to get big enough to produce, which will be in 1-2 years.
Would you suggest growing this in a ten gallon grow bag or a twenty gallon grow bag?
Colin on Apr 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you're referring to a permanent home, it's best to start with the smaller bag and when the roots reach the edge of that bag, upsize to the 20-gal. bag.
I live in zone 6n and mine are planted in the ground. They die all the way back each year, is this normal?
Raspberry pie on Feb 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I'm in zone 4 and have one in a pot. I let it freeze back last fall in temperatures between 25 and 20, then brought it in. Thought I had killed it but it's coming, all from the ground. My guess is that if you freeze it, it's going to come from the ground. Might try covering it.
How much does this variety yield? I need lots for jam
smbell on Jul 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Depending upon the age and plant health, Raspberry Shortcake will produce about 1-2 pints of berries after a year of established growth. Picking off any flowers you see the first year will give you a better crop the second year.
What size container pot should I use for the 4" raspberry shortcake plant that I ordered from you?
Susan M on Apr 19, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi Susan, I would recommend stepping them up into a quart or gallon pot but you can use whatever size that suits your planting location.
Does it fruit on new or old growth?
Cynthia on Apr 9, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The sprouts from the ground will become canes that fruit next year and old canes with new growth emerging will have fruit. Leave all the new shoots from the ground and old canes that have green leaves emerging.
What size container should I use for the Raspberry Shortcake plant?
Rebecca M on Mar 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Growing raspberries in pots that are wide and deep will guarantee that your plants have enough space for new growth and any stakes or trellises if support is needed. One cane would do well in a sixteen-inch pot and if you are planting several canes, try half-barrels or five-gallon buckets
I live in Zone 4b but am thinking about growing the raspberry bush in a container and wintering it in my basement when the temps drop. Would that work?
Mary N on Mar 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
Sunlight requirement-what size container?
Lawrence B on Feb 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These require full sun and All of the varieties in the Bushel and Berry?? collection will thrive in patio pots, edible gardens or in the landscape for years of enjoyment. We recommend planting in a large container, up to a half-whiskey barrel (22??? in diameter).

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Have you had success growing this (Bushel and Berry Raspberry Shortcake) in Zone 9b?
mary r on Feb 1, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I just received my plant and read the tag. The raspberry short cake bush requires 800 chill hours. Stark Bro???s shouldn???t say this bush is compatible with Zone 9. I feel like I???ve been robbed. Zone 9 doesn???t get 800 chill hours so the plant will not bear fruit.
Will I be able to grow this in Zone 10 (Los Angeles), in a container, on a balcony, with little direct sunlight?
Compe A on Jan 31, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: //www.starkbros.com/zone-finder Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.
Will this produce raspberries this year? How many pints of raspberries will be produced this year?
Hope C on Jan 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This takes 1-2 years to bear so you will more than likely not have berries in the first season. Average yield per plant is 1 to 2 quarts of raspberries.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
how far from my blackberry plants must these plants be planted?
george b on Jan 4, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. If you are planting near blackberry plants there is no issue the guidelines are for black raspberries. 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.
It's early spring, so why is "shipping is currently unavailable for..." my zipcode? I would think this would be the perfect time to receive and plant raspberries.
GmaJan on Mar 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This item is currently out of stock, but we hope to make it available again soon. Supplies will be limited when it does return, so make sure you don't miss out by requesting an availability email above. We'll automatically notify you when it's back in stock.
Is Raspberry Shortcake a summer-bearing or fall-bearing variety?
Ren M on Jul 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This variety ripens in late June/early July.
How high of temperatures can these plants tolerate?
Jill Y on Jul 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This plant is compatible with Zone 9,, which gets considerably high temperatures. If your zip code falls into this zone, the plant will do well.
I have planted my rasberry shortcake in a 20" pot and placed it on the porch with a pergola over it. It gets morning sun with afternoon shade and the plant does not seem to be doing well at all. No new leaves and the leaves it has are brown on the edges. It has new growth coming up from around the base but they are also slow to grow. Any help would be appreciated. I keep it evenly moist all the time and dont let it dry out. Any ideas? Thank you in advance.
Rose C on Jun 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Rose. If the pergola has a vine on it and is shading your plant, that could be the problem as it needs full sun. Brown edges on leaves are usually a sign of too much fertilizer or not enough water. Did you use fresh potting soil? Raspberries like their soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5, which is slight acidic. If you just used plain potting soil, the lack of growth would be because the soil isn't acidic enough.

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Great Plant
I have my Raspberry Shortcake planted in a container and it has done very well. I planted it in spring of 2016 and it currently has many berries that are on the plant. It is a good looking plant and is thriving in the container. I fertilized at the beginning of the season but overall it has been low maintenance. I would recommend the plant to anyone who wants a small, productive bush that can be grown in a container.
May 5, 2017
over 5 years ago
Does it right the first time
I highly recommend this raspberry. First year in a pot it grew well, gave me a couple cups of berries, and made it through a very tough Winter. More raspberries this year!
May 3, 2017
over 5 years ago
Texas Pot Raspberry
Bought one from nursery last year. Came through summer and winter in pot like a champ. Fruited from spring to summer last year.

Every interested in the other Brazelberries. Buying 3 from stark this year. All the ones I bought in the past did not make it in the ground. The small one (can't remember the name) I kept in a pot survived and is about gallon size this year. Not sure I want to put it in the ground.
March 30, 2016
Plant has really thrived!
I ordered this plant and it arrived quickly and looked very lively. I also bought the starter kit with it and used it to plant. Happy to say it is still doing well. I haven't gotten any berries but the plant is low and thick and bushy!
July 10, 2018
over 4 years ago
Bushel and Berry raspberry plants
I am so excited , this is the second year for my berries and they are beautiful and are getting blooms all over them. These plants are very healthy lush plants. I would highly recommend to anyone.
May 14, 2019
over 3 years ago
Healthy Quick Producer
i purchased this Raspberry bush last spring. Even though it arrived as a small plant it took off and formed a pretty little bush quickly. It wintered well, had a lot of blooms and now has many small raspberries developing just after one year. We are anxious for them to ripen.
May 25, 2019
over 3 years ago
Struggled last summer but growing gangbusters this spring
Still glad I ordered them. Will be a welcome addition to the fruit garden.
May 1, 2019
over 3 years ago
Beautiful thriving plants!
i was reluctant to order live plants having had less than pleasnt experiences with other companies in the past but Stark's has changed my mind! My plants arrived live, green, thriving and EXPERTLY packed for shipment. My rapsberry plants arrived hardy and green and ready to grow. I would hihgly recommend these plants and Starks!
May 14, 2019
T is still living. Did not produce last year but looks much healthier this year and may produce
May 4, 2018
over 4 years ago
Wonderful plant!
My raspberry plant has grown so much during the first year! We are looking forward to berries!
May 5, 2019
over 3 years ago