Raspberry Heritage

Raspberry Heritage, Rubus idaeus Heritage, Red Raspberry


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A long-time favorite, Heritage produces large, sweet, luscious red berries from summer until frost. Eat fresh or use in jams, jellies and sauces. (Rubus idaeus)

Zones 4 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-24" tall, 24" wide
Bloom Time Early summer and fall harvest
Size Package of 1 - 1 year old

Heritage has lived up to its name. Ever since its introduction by Cornell University, New York, in the 1960s, it has been the standard by which all raspberries have been judged. Strong-growing canes bear delicious bright red berries, ready for harvest from August through October.

Today the Heritage Raspberry is a favorite from California to New England. and has proved itself over the years as the classic raspberry for jams, jellies, raspberry sauces, and of course, the simple beautiful bowl at breakfast. Its also one of the hardiest for cold climates.

Choose a spot in the garden with good drainage in full sun. Extremely hardy plants, once established will produce a crop for many years beginning in the second year.

1. Plant canes 2 feet apart creating hedgerows that are 10 feet apart. Dig a hole two times the width of the root ball in good loose garden soil with a pH of 5.8 to 6.5 amending if necessary.
2. Remove plant from packaging and lightly loosen the bottom of the root ball to release the roots as you set it in place in the hole.
3. Keep the top of the root ball even with soil surface and fill in around the roots. Lightly tamp dirt around your newly planted raspberries.
4. Water well and add additional soil if necessary and water again.
5. Keep weed-free, watered when necessary and pruned regularly to maintain a quality crop. Fertilizer may be applies in early spring before sprouting and again in late May.

HARVEST TIME: Early summer and fall
HABIT: Raspberry canes that produce high yields of large fruit with good color, firmness & flavor. The best rated top selling fall bearing raspberry. Heritage is resistant to most major raspberry diseases.

USAGE: Fresh eating, jams and jellies, freezes well, juices, desserts and baking.

PLANTING TIPS: For a summer and fall crop; prune back tall weak canes early in the spring. Then after the first harvest remove the canes that produces fruit for a second crop in the fall. Heritage may also be mowed to the ground in March for an early August crop.

Common Name Red Raspberry
Botanical Name Rubus idaeus Heritage
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24" wide
Bloom Time Early summer and fall harvest
Planting Depth Keep the top of the root ball even with soil surface.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Edible, Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Edible? Yes
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


1/2 died, one that grew did quite well


from Hampden, MA

About Me Casual Hobbyist, Getting Started

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  • Pest Resistant


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      Comments about American Meadows Raspberry Heritage:

      Planted in perennial garden along with strawberries and rhubarb. Ordered 2 bareroot plants and planted in April of 2013. One took hold right away and did well, the other never graduated from the "dead stick" phase.

      The one that grew put on 3 new shoots over the course of the year and produced a few raspberries. I am expecting many more next year.

      I was reimbursed for the one that did not grow--I love the guarantee that American Meadows provides on their products.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      Time will tell


      from Rochester, NY

      About Me Casual Hobbyist


      • Arrived in good condition


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          Comments about American Meadows Raspberry Heritage:

          I'm sad to report that none of my 4 raspberry plants appear to have survived the extremely wet spring we had this year. I am holding out hope that perhaps I will see new growth next spring. They arrived in good condition and started growing fairly quickly once in the ground, but this year was a tough year for new plantings.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)




          from Mountains of PA

          About Me Avid Gardener


          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth


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              Comments about American Meadows Raspberry Heritage:

              My daughter bought these raspberries as a Mother's Day gift. That first year, in late summer picked several cups of berries. This past year I TONS of berries!!! (2nd year)....I had purchased Heritage raspberries from another vendor and these plants ended up TWICE the size of the ones ordered from the other vendor. We live in PA in the mountains and these withstood feet of snow and came back hearty and wonderful. I highly recommend them!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


              Strong and Healthy


              from Copake NY

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              • Hardy
              • Healthy


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                • Outdoors

                Comments about American Meadows Raspberry Heritage:

                Looked great and started growing right away. Survived less than excellent conditions, produced some good fruit second year.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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