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A must for the edible landscape! Plant features red canes and bountiful red berries. Fruit is conical in shape with a glossy deep-red appearance. Thick, sturdy canes grow vigorously, but need protection from winter elements. More compact growth habit in colder, northern gardens making it suitable for container gardening. Discovered in 2003; introduced in 2012 by Cornell University. Fall-bearing (everbearing) primocane with a summer crop. Floricane berries ripen in late June. Primocane berries ripen in September. Disease-resistant to phytophthora root rot and leaf issues. Cold-hardy. Self-pollinating. A licensed variety of Cornell University. May be covered by USPP #24,949 or other patents.

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 Purple
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest June And September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Excellent Flavor
Texture Firm, 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 5 - 8' tall x 4 - 5' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 5 - 8' 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
I want more raspberries.
Christine C on Feb 16, 2021
It is not a "Black Raspberry". Hope it goes well with the Heritage Red Raspberry plants ordered.
Keith L on Jan 27, 2021
I want more raspberries.
Christine C on Feb 16, 2021
It is not a "Black Raspberry". Hope it goes well with the Heritage Red Raspberry plants ordered.
Keith L on Jan 28, 2021
It is not a "Black Raspberry". Hope it goes well with the Heritage Red Raspberry plants ordered.
Keith L on Jan 27, 2021
My dad wants
Penny D on Jan 21, 2021
Niece advised. She had abundant amount of berries in the first year.
Laura P on Jan 14, 2021
Looks gorgeous! Highly rated, grows in my region, self-pollinating.
KAYLA D on Jan 6, 2021
Just giving it a try. Description sounds right for Lawrence KS.
T H on Dec 30, 2020
Disease resistance, plus general excellence.
David L on Nov 27, 2020
I am looking for a vigorous and disease resistant variety. Online research indicates this should be an excellent choice. I am having issues with rust and other fungal leaf diseases on my current raspberry varieties.
David B on Aug 17, 2020
I read excellent reviews on this particular variety and it seemed suitable to my growing zone above other varieties of raspberry berries
Angela G on May 18, 2020
Full sun exposure fence line food production
Christine B on May 12, 2020
Latham bare root was out of stock
Suzzanne on May 11, 2020
Good for container garden
Lyle J on May 10, 2020
Locally purchased plants were of poor quality
charles c on May 10, 2020
Double cropping is where it's at!
Kenneth K on May 7, 2020
Color, everbearing and zone rated.
Merrilee G on Apr 30, 2020
Another website highly recommended this variety, but they were out of stock.
Jennifer P on Apr 26, 2020
Looks good for my so CA garden
Cynthia S on Apr 1, 2020
I need a hardy red raspberry and the color of the canes will add interest to the landscape
ANTHONY J on Mar 31, 2020
Pretty color, everbearing, self-fertile, good reviews
Leigh W on Mar 31, 2020
Sweet berries at a great price!
R L on Mar 30, 2020
High yields an comes in a six pack.
Brian P on Mar 18, 2020
Just to try a new raspberry.
Theresa N on Mar 14, 2020
Wanted yo add red raspberry to My garden
John M on Feb 29, 2020
To see if they will grow here in Graham, WA
Coach James H B on Feb 27, 2020
These sound like they will be delicious...........and what a great color!
Barbara G on Feb 26, 2020
The raspberry plants I purchased from a store last year didn't do very well ( I think they died). So I thought I would try some from Stark Brothers. These had good reviews, so I thought I would try them.
Karen E on Feb 25, 2020
Want to try a new berry and it sounds good.
Mary H on Feb 9, 2020
These are beautiful berries. Beautiful for salads and desserts.
glenna d on Jan 9, 2020
Liked the newness of this plant
Darcy W on Jan 2, 2020
I love raspberries
Martha S on Nov 21, 2019
Someone mentioned they did well in my area.
Amy R on Nov 16, 2019
You get two ripening times for raspberries.
Karen D on Nov 1, 2019
looked like a good choice to start some red raspberries.I like the primocane varieties, I have a sheltered growing area if winter there is an unusually cold winter.
tom on Oct 22, 2019
I wanted a fruit producing plant in a particular area and this looked like a good match.
Janine G on Oct 14, 2019
great reviews
Karen J on Oct 8, 2019
Such a good deal, I couldn't say no!
Regan T on Sep 30, 2019
Self pollinating feature
S J on Sep 26, 2019
My daughter likes dark red. I chose it because I'm tired of the plastic packaging in our home. Time to start growing our own.
Derek W on Jul 10, 2019
siobhan l on May 21, 2019
Because it's primocane
justin f on May 20, 2019
I like the dark rich color and I love raspberries!!
Brenda W on May 6, 2019
Because I had one before I loved them.
John B on Mar 27, 2019
Wow! This is the 4th strain of raspberry I'm planting this Spring. The other 3 are Joan J Primocane, Anne Yellow, Double Gold. I'm excited to see all of those delicious berries growing and anticipating a bowl of the 4 colors of raspberries.
James B on Mar 18, 2019
these look like the bomb, got a double pack!
ROBERT L on Dec 27, 2018
Variety, good price
PAUL E on Nov 13, 2018
Appears to be a good variety suited to my desert environment.
Richard on Oct 29, 2018
Daughter has some plants and they bore fruit the first year and have very tasty fruit.
PHILIP S on Sep 8, 2018
I planted these in the Fall and forgot about them. By next Fall I went to clean up the canes that had fallen over and found that they were already bearing fruit, so I am buying some more. Zone: 6b.
Travis L on Oct 8, 2017
Description says it will do well in a container. I asked the online Master Gardener for a suggestion to keep the plant roots contained in my community garden plot and they suggested a 2 ft diameter pot set down in the soil. So, I chose this variety. Also, indicated for my Zone 7 location.
Leona L T on Oct 7, 2016
It is not a "Black Raspberry". Hope it goes well with the Heritage Red Raspberry plants ordered.
Keith L on Jan 28, 2021
My dad wants
Penny D on Jan 21, 2021
What does it mean that it needs protection from winter elements?
Mar W on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Some plants require a "blanket" of insulation so the roots are not damaged over the winter. There is an excellent article about preparing your plants for winter here:
Will this plant sold in a pack of three produce fruit the first year?
Lindawee on Oct 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Perhaps you could get a light fruit set. It???s a Primocane plant, so it fruits on this-year???s canes. Many factors would come into play, though - your horticultural zone, the length of your Fall, whether the plants start early in the spring because they have good southern exposure, etc. Even if you do get fruit, it may be just a taste of berries the first year. You should be good the second. I live in Chicago and cut all my primocane berry canes to the ground in the late winter. Most years our first frosts are mid-to-late November and we have berries from early September through frost on the new canes.
Do Crimson Night berries stand up on their own or need support?
SteMcG on Apr 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don???t know if they NEED support but I planted all my plants at the base of a cow panel fencing section. As it grows I weave it in & out of openings to control the stability & shaping. It???s just my preference.
Is the 3 jumbo cell 3 distinct plants that can be planted in separate locations or a cluster of 3 all planted together?
stephen w on Feb 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The cell-pack contains individual plant starts that are meant to be planted separately, 5-8' apart.
How tall is the raspberry plant?
Liliya L on Apr 23, 2016
I planted my raspberry plants in the fall. Right now they are 10", but they haven't started to grow so l don't know how tall they get.
do the canes have thorns?
Laurie H on Feb 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they do. But well worth it!
If I buy these in August and plant them, should I still prune them to the ground in January or leave them be for a year?
Heat C on Aug 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I planted in April of last year. I let the original canes stand over summer, fall, and winter here in NE Ohio. Most canes survived, pruned out the winter damage, and they did bear fruit in late June of this year. Now done bearing, and will be pruned to ground soon. The new growth canes from this year are looking like they may flower soon. These berries have a more complex taste than other red raspberries. I like them a lot.
So is this a red or black raspberry?
Sandra M on Mar 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: it's not a black raspberry. It's more of a dark red. Mine just produced last year and the berries were really lovely with an excellent raspberry taste!
Can I plant these raspberry bushes in 10-15 gallon grow bags?
Maddie on May 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can use grow bags, but pots or planters are more stable and work better long term. I experimented with this and found that I could grow raspberries in pots as small as eight inches, but the smallest pot in which they would grow to a natural size and produce normal amounts of berries held about 8 cubic feet of soil
What size are they when shipped?
Butch on Mar 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Mine was bare root they were much larger than I expected. They were maybe a foot tall, but you are suppose to cut them after planting.
Are these thornless?
Wes B on Jul 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, but the thorns are too small to prick of cause pain.
Thorny on Feb 2, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This is a thorny variety.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will there grow in a 3 zone Minnesota central Minnesota?
Bubba on May 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Its a possibility, however it may be to cold for them to over winter as they are rated for a zone 4-8.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what other raspberry plant would be a good cross pollinator? i have a latham already will that work?
jordan on May 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Berry plants are self pollinating and do not require another variety to bear fruit. But if you plant another variety it will help with a larger crop yield. Latham is a great variety to choose.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
can I ship to two different locations on the same order and receive free shipping?
Jodi R on May 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our system unfortunately is only set up to ship to one address on the same order. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can you plant this in a large pot?
Sophia S on May 5, 2020
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" //
I will be in vacation march 16th (zone 6a), can my shipment come after the 26th of March?
Carol M on Jan 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. If you need to have an order delayed please reach out to our customer support team by emailing or calling 800.325.4180.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is the nutritional value of these berries including carbohydrates?
Claire on Dec 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are several good nutrition sites on line that can be found with a search of ???raspberries and nutrition???. I found that 1 cup of red raspberries have 64 calories with 5.4 g of natural sugar and 8 g of fiber. Raspberries are a great natural dessert and are not prone to making one hyperglycemic if eaten fresh or frozen without added sweetener.
Would love to purchase products but shipping is way too high, let me know when you offer a flat rate so I can purchase more products from this company. Purchased bare root strawberries with flat rate shipping, was extremely happy all strawberries produced. Please notify me when flare rate shipping is offered again. Why is shipping cost so high?
Regina on Apr 26, 2020
How well will crimson night raspberries grow in Zone 4?
Linda C on Mar 30, 2020

Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
24 Reviews
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Late Fall Harvest
My husband and I grow these and we love the taste and dark color. They are vigorous growers, but in the 2 years we have had them they grew a little more than 4ft high, not the 5-8' that is in the information. We live in Minnesota: zone 4b. If you buy these and your zone is 4b or 4a, these should not be your only fall raspberry as the raspberries ripen very late. So pair these with earlier fall varieties like polka, autumn britten, or caroline so you get fall raspberries from August until killing frost in October. I would also not prune these to the ground every fall but keep some canes for a summer crop as the harvest window can be pretty small in northern zones. Overall easy raspberries to grow, has vigorous growth, winter hardy and great taste.
September 16, 2018
Best Tasting Red
This is the best tasting red raspberry variety I have tried. Handles sun scalding better than most. Got a small summer crop already.
July 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Crimson Night Raspberry
I had three Crimson Night Raspberry plants. This is there second year. They are thriving which is a big deal here in North Texas. I live out in the country with lots of wind and raspberries are hard to establish. I have only had a few berries but flavorful. Straw mulch around the plants seems to help in the summer, but keep it 8-12 inches away from the main canes. New canes will emerge if the straw is loose and about an inch thick.
July 18, 2017
over 5 years ago
My first attempt with rasberries and Ive gotten excellent results!
I bought the 6-cell jumbo pack and, not only did all 6 plants survive, they took off to reached 4-5 foot in height! They're producing berries as well as few runners in the first year! The berries dark red, medium to large, and have great raspberry flavor compared to others I have tried. I expect to have a big harvest next year!
October 13, 2018
over 2 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with these raspberries. We count ourselves lucky for customer like you. We look forward to being your partner at growing your own legacy.
October 30, 2018
Tabitha R
Took off like no bodies business
Ordered these last spring, they took right to many different soils as I planted them in four different areas. One was in heavy clay. It did not do as well as the others, but still has nice growth with a few flowers this year. With the four I planted, looks like I will get about 50berries this year. That is amazing to me in the first harvest year. These are very attractive plants with reddish-purple hues to the leaves and stems. Tremendous!
May 12, 2017
over 4 years ago
I ordered 3 plants last September, they were small and planted outside, they survived a non-typical mild Minnesota winter. They were then dug up, potted and replanted as we moved. One did not make it, but the other 2 grew like crazy, getting berries this fall. I ordered and planted 6 more early September. We will see how they do, but they are already looking much better after coming out of the packaging.
September 6, 2017
wonderfully healthy and vigorous!
Really appreciate the quality of plants from Stark's. They grow well. These are sturdy and vigorous. Can't wait for the fruit!
April 28, 2016
over 5 years ago
Bought these plants at the same time as blackberries. The blackberries died within a week. The raspberries thrived and are reproducing again, this year.
May 17, 2017
over 5 years ago
1 out of 6 made it through winter zone 6A
I planted 6 bare root Crimson raspberry bushes but only 1 survived the winter. However, it already made runners and I could see new bushes are popping up nearby. It is also doubled in size. I used raspberry food from Starkbros. I didn’t apply for a replacement, I figured we will get 6 new bushes out of this current plant that made it.
July 3, 2019
over 2 years ago
They're taking over
Planted last summer. Originally ordered six plants; 5 survived the trip and they're growing (and spreading) quickly. I haven't gotten any raspberries off of them yet, however.
July 11, 2017
over 4 years ago