Royalty Raspberry

Rubus ideaus

Growing Zone 4-8
  • Height:      36-48″
  • Width:         36-48 “
  • Spacing:     36-48″
  • Design Role:  Shrub
  • Location: Full sun to part sun
  • Water:     Average
  • Fertilizer: Average
  • Growth Habit: Upright







The Geneva Experiment Station in Geneva, New York released this raspberry variety in 1982. The most popular purple raspberry variety today, Royalty is very productive. The canes are thorny and long. The fruit is large, of high quality, and is the sweetest of all the purple raspberries. Good for fresh eating and excellent for jams and jellies. Royalty can be picked slightly immature as a firm red berry. Eludes spring frost damage, as it is a late-season variety. It has multiple insect resistances, including immunity to raspberry aphid, which should help to extend the productive life of the planting.This Summer Bearing Raspberry Plant bears fruit 1 year after planting. We recommend a soil pH level of 6.5 – 6.8 for raspberry plants.

The most popular purple raspberry variety today, ‘Royalty’ is very productive. This purple summer-bearing variety is one of the heaviest producers. Sweet light flavor producing outstanding jellies and jams. It is late ripening and excellent for table use. A cross between a purple raspberry and a red raspberry by the Cornell Research Foundation. Combines the desirable features of both, coupling the large fruit size and plant vigor of a purple hybrid with the high fruit quality of a red raspberry. A good substitute for Black raspberry. Suckers sparingly. ‘Royalty’ is hardy, has wide adaptation, and has good yield potential.

Raspberries are a favorite of many home gardeners. The fruit can be eaten fresh or processed into jam, jelly, or juice. Surplus fruit can also be frozen. Plant as soon as soil may be worked in the spring. Your plants require 1″ of water per week during the growing season and regular, shallow cultivation. The bush will bear only on one-year-old stems. As soon as canes have produced fruit, prune them back to the ground to make room for the strong new canes. Additional pruning will be required to eliminate tangling and improve their ability to bear.