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Wild Red Raspberry

Scientific name

Rubus idaeus


The Wild Red Raspberry is a medium sized deciduous shrub that can grow up to 2 m in height. It grows well in dry to moist soils that are comprised of sand, loam or humus. Light requirements include sun or partial shade. Alternate, pinnately compound stalks stem out to leaves, which are comprised of 3-5 green leaflets. The leaflets are often paler on the underside; they are about 2 to 10 cm in length and can be smooth to slightly pubescent on the top. The flowers are found in clusters of 2-5, each between 0.5 to 1 cm. The flowers each contain five oblanceolate petals in which their inner side is pubescent. The natural habitats of the Red Raspberry include woodlands, prairies, meadows, riparian edges and lakeshores. The aggressive underground root system strengthens the soil and land around it, thus minimizing erosion. As a mature plant, the hollow canes of the woody stems produce a habitat for bees. These bees may use the hollow canes to hibernate, so caution should be taken if pruning or removing the plants in the fall.

Planting conditions

The Wild Red Raspberry grows best in dry to moist locations in sand, loam, or clay soils. This species can grow in partial sun but prefers full sun, the more sun it receives the more berries it will produce.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 1a
    • 1b
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 2m