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Caroline Red Raspberry

Item #134723. Ships in a 1 Gallon Small Stark® Container.
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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.


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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Have read that it is a nice double fruiting plant; also have a daughter with this name
Lisa R on Jun 9, 2019
Read about them from Oregon State University.
Nathan U on Mar 26, 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
i love the favor of this berry
CAROLYN L on Apr 25, 2019
New Mexico State University recommends this for my location.
DENNIS C on Feb 5, 2019
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 W 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.

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 5 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 4 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 4 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 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 3 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 3 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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Red raspberry
These did not grow or produce like the purple raspberry bushs purchased at the same time and planted in the same soil type.
May 19, 2017
over 3 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 2 years ago