Red Raspberry Bush

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Red Raspberry - Rubus strigosus

Red Raspberry - Rubus idaeus Ed Raspberry bushes are perennial plants that grow four to five feet tall and two to three feet wide with lush, serrated green foliage. They are most frequently grown in agricultural zones five through eight where they fruit two years after planting. Red fruits are edible and may be brewed to make a tea. The Rubus strigosus is the North American variety of Red Raspberry. The white blossoms preclude the bright red fruit this plant is so famous for. The fruit ripens in summer and is a favorite, well-known berry, whether eaten fresh off the plant or baked in a pie. The berries are not the only edible part of this plant. Raspberry leaves have long been used for their multiple medicinal qualities. The leaves are steeped to make a tea used to treat diarrhea, sores, and menstrual cramps, among other ailments. Because Red Raspberry is hearty, it can survive periods of low moisture.
They can be cultivated to create a hedge or just enjoyed their fruit. Young Raspberry plants should be planted in the early spring, about 3 feet apart. Other varieties of the plant produce eye-catching fruits that can be yellow or gold, black, or purple. The everbearing array of Red Raspberry produces fruit twice a year. The summer-bearing display delivers just once in summer. Most raspberry varieties are self-pollinating (or self-fertile), meaning your raspberry plants will fruit when they mature, without requiring the availability of another raspberry variety’s pollen. If you are growing all the same variety of raspberry, your plants will have a fruit crop. Similarly, if you are growing several different varieties of raspberry, you may have a larger fruit crop, as is the nature of most cross-pollinated fruit.