Royalty Purple Raspberry

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Our perfect purple raspberry! Plant is vigorous, hearty and resistant to insects. Yields large, sweet berries with great flavor. Fruit never fades, even when canned or frozen. Cold-hardy. Late-summer bearing. Ripens in August. 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
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Extra Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
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 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?
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This is my all-time favorite raspberry--and I've had a large backyard berry patch for over 30 years. They are huge and delicious.
Mary H on Feb 9, 2020
really enjoy the sweet taste
Sandra S on Jan 1, 2020
This is my all-time favorite raspberry--and I've had a large backyard berry patch for over 30 years. They are huge and delicious.
Mary H on Feb 9, 2020
Love the flavor and the cane size
Susan K on Jan 3, 2020
really enjoy the sweet taste
Sandra S on Jan 1, 2020
Ordered one and it didn't survive
Daniel J on Dec 13, 2019
great reviews
Karen J on Oct 8, 2019
Large sweet berry.
Roger L on Sep 18, 2019
I found a wild purple raspberry 40 years ago and I still want one. The berries were as flavorful as black raspberries but bigger than red ones. My other Stark trees and bushes are doing wonderfully.
Kathy L on May 7, 2019
Sounds interesting and hopefully will taste good too.
VICTOR F on Apr 16, 2019
I have tried without success to grow black raspberries in Tennessee. This might be as close as it comes to the flavor, without the finicky profile of the traditional "black cap" raspberry.
Christine B on Mar 14, 2019
Had them at the old place and love em !
Randall H on Mar 9, 2019
We love purple raspberries and are looking for a new variety to try. We trust Stark Bros. for quality , value, and service.
Jeffrey R on Mar 2, 2019
Liked the description. I love raspberries and hope these do well.
Old Cranky Surveyor on Feb 2, 2019
Variety, good price
PAUL E on Nov 13, 2018
Best flavor
Kelly E on May 2, 2018
Customer reviews of flavor and productivitiy. Never seen these before. Looking forward to seeing what they taste like.
Sandy on Mar 17, 2018
Variety was suggested by MO extension service.
Dick F on Mar 6, 2018
UC Davis recommendation
Sarah F on Feb 6, 2018
As a first-time raspberry grower, I needed to make sure the variety I chose was user-friendly. Stark provides amazing growers guides, and this variety was described as being cold-hardy and easy to grow. Also, purple is my favorite color :-). Other users pegged them as easy to grow and good producers, so I decided to give it a go.
Sandi S on Aug 14, 2017
I have some already and love them. Wanted some more!
Karen B on Mar 18, 2017
We grew this raspberry at our previous home and it's as good as it is pretty.
Carroll J on Feb 20, 2017
I haven't ever seen a raspberry this color - they'll add variety to the other color raspberries I already have. I hope they taste as good as they look :)
Laura K on May 29, 2016
Have grown these before, and their taste is fabulous. I'm hoping they'll grow as well for me in NM as they do in NY.
Gail G on May 23, 2016
purple, self pollinating
Caleb M on May 16, 2016
had it before, loved the fruit
Fred B on Apr 12, 2016
Unique color
David F on Mar 6, 2016
I liked the look of the purple raspberry.
CRAIG W on Mar 3, 2016
Love the flavor and the cane size
Susan K on Jan 3, 2020
Ordered one and it didn't survive
Daniel J on Dec 13, 2019
Can you plant purple raspberries next to red raspberries?
Tyler G on Jan 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We have a short row of the purple ones about 6' away from a row of red. There have been no problems in the two years they've been there.
how tall does the purple raspberry grow and how do you prune this variety?
wendy susan on Jun 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine are 6-8 feet long, I recommend a way to attach them.
Pruning: let the canes who grew last year produce fruit the next spring then cut them down.
The description says this is resistant to insects. What type of insects is it referring to?
Jennifer M on Oct 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Jennifer. Royalty Purple is resistant to the common insects that trouble berry plants: aphids, borers, fruitworm, etc. It is not insect-proof, but it is resistant.
Bought these this spring. Do I need to stake to keep plants off the ground?
Gon4elk on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They will stand pretty well on their own, but I plant in a row with a steel fence post at either end. I run a piece of wife between the posts horizontally every foot going up, and weave the growth through the wires too support them. Keeps then more tidy and easy to pick/care for.
pruning purple rasberries: My plants are 6+ feet tall.Is it a good idea to cut back to 3-4 feet? If so can I do it now (fall) or next spring?
Paul M on Sep 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: According to advice given me by a Missouri expert on brambles, some purples (Royalty) propagate mainly by suckering (like reds) while others (Brandywine) propagate like blacks (mainly tip rooting). This might explain why you can find conflicting advice online concerning pruning purple raspberries. I suppose you should specify the cultivar when you ask the nursery botanist.
Does this variety send up sucker plants or only reproduce by leaf tipping?....Royalty Purple
Michael S on Aug 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Oh yes, it's very good at sending out suckers. I have mine in a raised bed, and it's still suckering. From my three plants planted two years ago, I've given over a dozen suckers to friends. Very good producer, too.
Just wondering if this berry plant is thornless? Thanks, Mike.
Michael M on Oct 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's not thornless it has SPINES. Mostly at the base of each stalk. Do wear gloves tho. The further up the stalk it's less painful! Note: Also, how you water will affect the " spineyness" .not enough or inconsistent will produce more spines
How do I plant or transplant the gallon small stark container to the garden? This is the only one in stock. How many plants is this?
Lauren on Feb 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I dig a hole a little deeper and bigger than the root, add compost or the dirt I dug out of the hole, set the plant I the hole, put a shovel full of dirt over the roots,then jiggle the plant up and down so dirt get under the roots. I then put dirt to cover the roots then gently step on the dirt to firm over the roots. Wate and water every day.
When will the Royalty Purple Raspberries be back in stock??
Rose R on Feb 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We hope to make it available again soon. Supplies will be limited when it does return, so make sure you don't miss out by requesting an availability email. We'll automatically notify you when it's back in stock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How can I find plants on your site compatible with my zone? 10a
Peggy M on Sep 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: // Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.
How long do these plants last before you have to re-plant?
MIKE N on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Berry plants can last 10 years or more, depending upon the care they receive.
I had fabulous red raspberries that bore fruit summer and fall. They are all dead now I think due to encroachment of walnut roots. Will purple raspberries tolerate walnut? read somewhere they do?
Carola on Apr 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Black raspberries can tolerate being near black walnuts, but not red, gold or purple raspberries.
I've been trying to grow these for years. Prolific plants with good size berries but no flavor at all. What's wrong?
Julia on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Two common things can cause lack of flavor in raspberries: Not enough light (they need at least 6-8 hours of full sun) and too much water. The third cause could be lack of necessary soil nutrients, so you may want to test your soil and consider fertilizing if you haven't already.

Customer Reviews

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Royalty Purple lives up to its name!
I have grown many different varieties of raspberries and this one has to be on the top of the list! Very hardy, good harvest on last year's new plants and the taste is robust! No watery mush here. It grows great here on the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee where weather can change quickly. Highly recommended!
June 4, 2017
over 4 years ago
Large berries with a good taste
These are really nice berries. They have a nice taste and the plants have a very distinct appearance, with the leaves looking almost black.
May 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
My favorite berry
These produce well and are easy to grow. The flavor is great when ripe or underripe
August 12, 2016
over 6 years ago
First Time Ordering!
We had already ordered raspberry plants from another nursery this spring which arrived in extremely poor condition. Our order from Stark arrived today and I am thrilled both with the quality of the packaging and also the appearance of the plants. The bare rooted plants look extremely healthy and the Pink Lemonade blueberry arrived without losing a single leaf! Can't wait to pick!!
April 29, 2016
I Love Raspberries!
Finally broke down and got some Royalty Purple Raspberries. Very nice stock, and on a couple of them the roots are huge, and longer than the cane. Stark Bro's is making my life very easy! Try these raspberries. Everything purple is good for you! Thank You!
February 20, 2016
Great addition
Berry thrived right away. Now in its second year. Lots of new growth. Put out a few berries the first year and they are delicious. The flavor changes as they get darker. I plan to add to the patch next year. These will replace one of my other varieties.
May 14, 2016
over 6 years ago
Royal raspberries
Best raspberries I have ever eaten or bought. They are simply awesome.
May 2, 2017
over 6 years ago
Best-tasting raspberry in my garden!
I planted these in spring, 2018. Now (late June, 2019) I have strong canes bearing thumb-sized fruit that's absolutely delicious! This plant doesn't seem to produce so prolifically as the Brandywine purples, but it's truly purple, while my Brandywines look and taste like blacks. As for questions about pruning purples, many people will give differing advice. This, according to Pat Byers, Missouri's master gardener specializing in brambles, is because some purples propagate like reds (suckering) while others propagate like blacks (tip-rooting). He advised me to treat Royalty like red raspberries, Brandywine like black.
June 25, 2019
vigorous and delicious
This plant produced a big crop even in it's first fall! Not many berries ripened because of the planting location (not enough sun that time of year), but I'm so excited to see so many buds already this year and can't wait to eat them! I had quite a few last year but they never made it into the house :)
This plant does produce quite a few suckers, but most are within a 3 foot radius. Easy enough to take care of for me.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
A super great berry. Large and sweet. I live in a hot part of the country so a give them a shade in the afternoons with a extra drink of water. Sadly I lost all my berry plants in the Valley Fire last September but will be replanting as soon as my house and landscaping is finished.
August 17, 2016
over 6 years ago