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Rubus Bushel and Berry® Raspberry Shortcake®


Midsummer dwarf variety | Thornless and suitable for a container

Meet Rubus Bushel and Berry® Raspberry Shortcake®, the first-ever dwarf raspberry for containers. This breakthrough was developed by the Brazelton family of Oregon, renowned fruit growers that have been at it for decades. The Bushel and Berry® series is self-pollinating, so you need plant only one of any of the varieties for fruit. But chances are, once you see the Bushel and Berry® plants in your garden, you'll simply have to have several.

Rubus Bushel and Berry® Raspberry Shortcake® is a midsummer (late June/early July) thornless variety with full-sized, yummy red fruit on plants that reach just 2 to 3 feet high and wide and have a dense, compact, and tightly mounded habit. Say goodbye to rangy canes that flop all over the place and to punctured hands at harvest time. Raspberry Shortcake® looks as good as its full-sized, bright red fruit tastes.

These berries have a flavor described as "vanilla essence," very sweet and meltingly tender. You can enjoy handfuls straight from the patio or even the urban balcony with Raspberry Shortcake®. And the plant always looks good, remaining dense and healthy.

Caring for Rubus Bushel and Berry® Raspberry Shortcake® is easy. It loves well-drained, neutral soil (pH 6.5 - 7.5 is best) in full sunshine everywhere but the hottest climates. If you are growing it in a container, pick a big one—anything 24 inches in diameter or larger is preferred, since this perennial will keep setting new canes and spreading.

Feed Rubus Bushel and Berry® Raspberry Shortcake® with a balanced fertilizer at the beginning of spring and again later in the season. Water it daily in containers. When winter arrives, it will go dormant, and should be left alone. The following spring, you'll begin to see green growth. Midway through spring, when the new growth is well-established, cut away any stems that do not show new growth. That's all there is to it.

Raspberries like full sun and good air circulation. They do best in enriched garden soil that is moisture retentive but well-drained. Plant about 3 feet apart in the row, or train up a trellis. Plant about 1 inch deep in heavy soils, 2 inches in loose, sandy soils. For best growth, cut back immediately after planting, to prevent the plant from setting fruit the first year. This will give you much stronger growth and better harvests in years to come. Water well during growth, and consider mulching to conserve water until the following spring, when the mulch should be removed to let the plants warm up.


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Genus Rubus
Species idaeus
Variety 'NR7'
ppaf PP22141
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Start to End Mid Summer
Habit Compact
Plant Height 24 in - 3 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Free Bloomer
Bloom Color White
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Specimen, Cuisine, Border, Containers
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Idaho

Product Review Summary

Based on 1 review
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

February 17, 2018

Raspberry has great size and flavor for a small plant

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I purchased this several years ago when it first came out and it made me a fan of Brazzelberries (now called Bushel and Berry) for life. Perfect for container gardening, they only get about 3 feet tall and have no thorns. The surprise, though, is how large and tasty the berries are! They are absolutely delicious and have a hint of vanilla. The berries are also much larger than what I would have expected from a container plant. While I grow this in containers, it would do great in the garden as well.

Karla Salp from WA

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