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Jewel Black Raspberry

Available Spring 2018

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Rich, black-raspberry flavor. High-quality fruit is perfect for fresh-eating, making pies, and preserves. Bristol x Dundee cross. The sturdy and reliable canes produce big harvests — so plan to share or freeze the bounty. Ripens in early 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 Pink, White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Rich, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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.

Recommended Pollinators

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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
My daughter-in-law's favorite berry is black raspberry. A gift that keeps giving and one she will love!
Linda M on Apr 17, 2016
My daughter-in-law's favorite berry is black raspberry. A gift that keeps giving and one she will love!
Linda M on Apr 17, 2016
Had good success with this variety at a previous house.
EDMUND S on Mar 13, 2016
Had good success with this variety at a previous house.
EDMUND S on Mar 13, 2016
Are these black raspberries thornless?
MariAnne M on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: MariAnne, No. They have thorns but I have planted this variety from several places and the ones from Stark on one other company are the only ones that are doing well.
I bought these black raspberries last year from you. Will they produce berries throughout the growing season? If not are their other berries I can plant by them that do?
Anita C on Jun 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Black Jewel do not produce over the course of the summer. They come on strong for me in late June and go for several weeks. I plant everbearing raspberries that do the same thing as Black Jewel in late June for several weeks, then shut down before kicking back in sometime in August and continue with abundant fruit until the first frost. The ones I have planted are Heritage Red and the Golden one that I think is a mutation of Heritage Red.
Do I need to prune my raspberry canes and if so when do I prune them?
Terri O on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, berry vines need to be pruned or you'll wind up with an impenetrable mass of thorny growth. Also, berries fruit on new growth, so pruning encourages more production.
Berries reproduce by a process called "vegetative propagation" - a vine will droop down to the ground, then sprout roots at the end of the vine, creating a new plant. So, if you didn't buy as many plants as you wanted, don't worry. Within a couple of years you'll have so many plants, you'll be giving them away (or selling them).

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Stark Brothers Raspberries
I have purchased many raspberry bushes from Starks. From black to golden Queen Ann. All produce well and the fruit is awesome. One note when planting the Queen Ann plant them apart they really spread out. Fruit the first year.
June 11, 2016
over 2 years ago
Healthy vigorous plants
First years growth was great. I have many buds forming now and expect a good harvest this year from the three plants I started with. One succumbed to what I believe is a virus. I dug it out and just planted a tip rooted cane from one of the other plants in its place.
May 9, 2017
1 year ago
Thorny and small but tasty
These have some serious thorns. I looked like I had been in a knife fight with a monkey after picking them a few times. They are relatively small berries when compared to my other varieties of raspberries. They do taste good and will have substantial growth in the second year.
August 9, 2016
over 2 years ago
Not good
pretty sorry plants. Only one lived and this spring, it is nothing more than a sprig out of the ground. Would never recommend - especially since they were so expensive!!!
May 11, 2016
over 2 years ago