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Jewel Black Raspberry

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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.

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, 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.

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
My favorite black raspberry. Amazing flavor.
C R on Dec 13, 2020
I don???t have any black raspberrys and have lots of land to grow them
shelley s on May 25, 2020
My favorite black raspberry. Amazing flavor.
C R on Dec 13, 2020
have them, happy with them
Sharon L on Jul 8, 2020
I don???t have any black raspberrys and have lots of land to grow them
shelley s on May 25, 2020
We love Black Raspberries and these sound very good and the price was ok.
Victor Bagnall on May 25, 2020
Morton Arb recommended species for wet shade and U of I extension recommended this variety for disease "free". Here in Illinois.
Rebecca S on May 25, 2020
Well known for quality and flavor
CINDY M on May 23, 2020
I wanted to try raspberries in several spots in the yard and saw these on sale, and bought the 3-pack.
Karla H on May 22, 2020
Beefing up the plants I have
Barbara C on Feb 27, 2020
I ordered black raspberries because they are shade tolerant and walnut (juglone) tolerant.
Michelle A on May 28, 2019
Good cross pollinator for Allen Black Raspberries.
Richard M on Apr 15, 2019
Wanted a mix of black raspberries and different harvest times to enjoy even longer.
Franklin O on Mar 25, 2019
Black Jewel berries make super cobblers and jelly. Much more flavorful than red raspberries.The low cost flat rate shipping was a nice surprise.
Gary N on Mar 10, 2019
Heard these were hardy plants and produced lots of berries
Greta S on Mar 6, 2019
I have purchased this variety of black raspberry from Stark Brothers before and am well pleased with the productivity of these plants. Their flavor is wonderful and they really put out the berries.
Martin P on Feb 4, 2019
I chose this because my Mom wanted black raspberries as she had when she was young. I did some research on black raspberries, and these kept coming to the top of the list for quality and the price is pretty good as well.
gardengorilla on Mar 14, 2018
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
have them, happy with them
Sharon L on Jul 8, 2020
We love Black Raspberries and these sound very good and the price was ok.
Victor Bagnall on May 25, 2020
Are these black raspberries thornless?
MariAnne M on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, they are not thornless, however they are very productive and flavorful.
I live in AZ. is it possible to make these plants live and produce with ice watering during the 110+ degree summers? Anyone ever try this?
unobear on Mar 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The short answer is I don't know. However, I teach soil health and there is a huge difference in soil temperatures if the soil is covered with an organic mulch such as straw (not black plastic). Keeping soil covered with mulch or cover crops, increasing soil organic matter in the soil, and plenty of water help all plants deal with heat stress.
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).
How much chilling hours does it need?
Zeinab on Aug 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Most raspberry types require at least 800-1800 hours of chilling between 37 and 50??F during the winter.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
R they thornless?
Larry T on May 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, they have thorns.
Can these be grown successfully in a large trough to control soil exposure (separate out from surrounding chemical lawn treatments? If so, how big of a container per black tadd raspberry plant and are there any special maintenance requirements?
JaneDoe on Jan 24, 2021

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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 5 years ago
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 5 years ago
For my Mother
My mom wanted black raspberries so I got her the jewel black. Great choice, very healthy stock. Thank You
May 2, 2018
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
over 4 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 6 years ago