Caroline Red Raspberry

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Superior flavor! Vigorous canes produce huge crops of large, firm raspberries. Bears early. Fall-bearing (everbearing) primocane with a summer crop. Floricane berries ripen in July. Primocane berries ripen in September through frost. 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.

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 Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July And September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.8 - 7.5
Taste Tart, Mild
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It is rated one of the healthiest raspberries around without losing flavor or cold hardiness.
Laura B on Mar 26, 2021
have them, happy with them
Sharon L on Jul 8, 2020
It is rated one of the healthiest raspberries around without losing flavor or cold hardiness.
Laura B on Mar 26, 2021
Mary H on Jan 9, 2021
have them, happy with them
Sharon L on Jul 8, 2020
Charlitta M on Jul 2, 2020
more rasberry variety for myself
Joel M on May 30, 2020
Reviews , hope it is good as they say.
michael G on May 28, 2020
Sound good
Sherry D on May 23, 2020
Love Raspberrys, so thought I would give it a shot.
hotshot on May 17, 2020
ever bearing red touted for taste. I have Polana , Kiwi gold and Anne and am trying to expand my red rasperry production
alicia l on Apr 15, 2020
Want to try a red raspberry.
Bessie F on Apr 15, 2020
Looking for an everbearing red raspberry.
Rick O on Apr 13, 2020
Growing up in Maryland, we always had raspberries. Now that I live in South Carolina I was looking for a variety that would do well here. I'm sure these will do great!
Emily C on Apr 3, 2020
Tried before and like
Fred F on Apr 3, 2020
I found it recommended to do well in our part of North Carolina.
L E on Mar 9, 2020
I have some, and they have become my favorite, want to expand the patch.
SHARLEE D on Mar 7, 2020
Claude R on Feb 23, 2020
I love raspberries
KINGA H on Jan 17, 2020
polinator on sale!
Martha S on Nov 21, 2019
This was the only Raspberry that has shown ability to grow here. Since one endured and all else failed I decided to go with more. The Dual fruiting, good firmness, and excellent flavor are a big plus. Super strong raspberry flavor.
Ronald M on Sep 2, 2019
Have read that it is a nice double fruiting plant; also have a daughter with this name
Lisa R on Jun 9, 2019
i love the favor of this berry
CAROLYN L on Apr 25, 2019
Read about them from Oregon State University.
Nathan U on Mar 26, 2019
New Mexico State University recommends this for my location.
DENNIS C on Feb 5, 2019
I read it was high in antioxidants
MONT S on Aug 8, 2018
I chose this because gardeners in our area said it was a winner. It also received high praise from others who reviewed it. I wanted large, sweet and red. This qualified.
Katherine F on Jan 19, 2018
This is my favorite after I've grown a variety of raspberry bushes on our city lot. This is the one I recommend for other people in our Illinois zone 5 growing area. I tend to like the larger berries and these are sweet and large!
ROBERTA P on Jan 5, 2018
primocane, reported sweetness
Laurel G on Mar 8, 2017
Performs well. Large flavorful berries.
Kjestine E on Feb 24, 2017
recommended by commercial growers
Chris B on Apr 10, 2016
They have done well before
THOMAS M on Mar 27, 2016
These are supposed to be vigorous and excellent tasting. They will cross pollinate with our ever-bearing Jaclyn Primocane Red Raspberries.
Joseph S on Mar 19, 2016
It is Primocane and my experience with this variety is positive.
LARRY W on Mar 6, 2016
It was recommended for North Central Texas
Alexandra S on Feb 19, 2016
Mary H on Jan 9, 2021
Charlitta M on Jul 2, 2020
are these thornless?
joy d on May 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Carolina has soft thorns that become more rigid after the cane produces and dies. While growing the are more akin to hairs.
Are these thornless?
Jerry on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Small thorns that really aren't a problem if you're careful..............or have tough farmer hands!
should Caroline raspberry canes be pruned; if so, prune the spring canes that produced or prune after the fall yield ?
Gary C on Jul 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My raspberry canes die after the season they produce. When the leaves wither and the cane begins to get hard, I trim it 4 to 6 inches above the ground. After a couple years I have noticed canes grow from the previous seasons/year as well as come up from the roots.
Are they thornless?
Buffy O on Feb 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No they are not thornless, but they are pretty easy to avoid the thorns when picking the raspberries. Also, they are very tasty and quite productive!
Are the Caroline Raspberries really more high pH tolerant?
Mark K on Apr 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, our soil here in E. Washington is 7 to 8 and very rocky and they thrive. Excellent sized berries.

Customer Reviews

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Very disappointed
I was truly looking forward to sweet, delicious red raspberries, but all 3 of the plants died quickly after planting. One plant did put out a couple of small leaves, but that was it. We are not novice gardeners, so I don't believe incorrect planting and/or care are to blame. It was a complete waste of money.
May 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
Caroline Raspberry is Tops
Compared to previous varieties of raspberries we've had in our garden, the Caroline is far superior. It is a dependable producer, and gives us plump, delicious berries well into the fall(with a bit of protection from frosts). We freeze them separately on trays, then pack them in freezer bags and have raspberries for breakfast cereal toppings throughout the winter.
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
caroline red raspberries
Good producer for our growing zone.
Must be protected from hot wind.
Easy to maintain. Produce for long periods of time for our climate.
Continue to come back year after year!
November 11, 2016
over 5 years ago
A Great Choice
For my region 7 location here the Caroline Red Raspberry performed to expectations. Berries were produced the first year on strong canes.
March 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Healthy and vigorous
I have grown these for many years. I ordered some from another company and they came up with rust, so I pulled them up, burned them and prayed my soil would be okay. I planted 2 beds of these with Heritage as a pollinator and they are sturdy healthy plants with plenty of green leaves and flowers. I know from experience that the fruit on these will be just great!
June 14, 2016
over 4 years ago
Handfulls of Raspberries the first year
The canes produced handfulls of raspberries the first year we planted them. This year the canes are coming up very strong and are already flowering. I'm looking forward to another great year.
May 24, 2017
over 5 years ago
Caroline fall-bearing red raspberry
This is the sweetest and best fall-bearing red raspberry I've ever grown.
C. in Eastern Oregon
May 5, 2019
over 2 years ago
When they arrived we planted them in the raspberry bed and it didn't take long before they started showing new leaves and growth. They are doing great now and should be producing raspberries soon. Great plants and arrived quickly.
May 2, 2018
over 4 years ago
So far it is OK
I live in zone 7, North Texas. It struggled to get through the heat last summer, but so far this Spring it is growing and doing well. I will know more in August. It was planted last year and is currently about four foot wide, three foot high and climbing a trellis nicely. No berries yet, but I am sure they will be plentiful in years to come.
June 4, 2019
over 2 years ago
none survived
I received these as a replacement for another type of berry that only 1 of 3 survived. 0 of 3 of these bloomed. Customer service was very helpful when I told them that I had a problem with the other berries. However, these arrived as dead looking thin twigs and never bloomed. Wouldn't buy these again, but customer service was helpful.
June 17, 2020