perennial

Royalty Raspberry

Rubus 'Royalty'

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Royalty Raspberry (Rubus 'Royalty') at Minor's Garden Center

Royalty Raspberry fruit

Royalty Raspberry fruit

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Group/Class:  Summer Bearing

Description:

A heavy bearing cross between purple and red raspberries, producing large fruit with great aroma and flavor for fresh eating, cooking, baking; raspberries require careful placement in the landscape, a specific pruning regimen and protection from birds

Edible Qualities

Royalty Raspberry is a perennial that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces burgundy heart-shaped berries which are usually ready for picking in mid summer. The berries will often fade to deep purple over time. The berries have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning
  • Freezing

Features & Attributes

Royalty Raspberry's tomentose oval compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. It features an abundance of magnificent burgundy berries in mid summer, which fade to deep purple over time.

This is an open spreading perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep. Each spring, cut back all dead and two-year old canes to the ground, leaving only last year's growth standing. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Disease
  • Spiny

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Royalty Raspberry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Royalty Raspberry will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This plant may not always play well with others; as such, it is best grown in its own designated garden space or isolated area of an edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sizes Available:

4.5" Cont.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Naturalizing  Orchard 
Applications
Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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