Willamette Raspberry

Rubus idaeus var. strigosus 'Willamette'

Make room for this prolific producer of juicy raspberries! A classic, self-fertile, floricane variety that reliably yields firm, medium-sized, dark red fruit that ripens in midsummer. The slightly tart, juicy berries are great for jams, jellies, sauces, and baking. Small white flowers precede fruit on erect canes. Deciduous.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationROO-bus eye-DAY-us strig-OH-sus
LoreThe raspberry is not a true berry. Botanically speaking it is a drupe.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; vigorous canes reach 6 to 10 ft. long.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Espalier, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEdible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsSalvia (Salvia); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Yarrow (Achillea); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Lavender (Lavandula)

Provide fertile, mildly acidic, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Produces on second-year canes; after harvest, prune away older canes that have fruited to the ground, leaving one-year-old canes to produce next season's crop. Train newer canes on a trellis. Feed in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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