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Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake

Rubus idaeus 'NR7' (PP# 22,141)

How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me

The Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake® bush is a compact, thornless raspberry variety that grows just 2 or 3 feet tall, making it perfect for smaller gardens and container growing. It carries a delicious crop of perfect raspberries all through July, and it is very easy to grow, giving you a big crop the first summer after planting. It has attractive foliage and charming white flowers in spring, making this the easiest ornamental berry bush to grow. The stems have no thorns, so picking is fun, even for the youngest members of your family.

  • Compact thornless bush for easy picking
  • Ideal for smaller gardens or container growing
  • Delicious raspberries all through July
  • Reliable in hot and cool zones
  • Very easy to grow and care for

Plant your Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake® bushes in full sun, in any garden soil that is not too dry. Regular watering and fertilizer will give you the best crop, but this plant will grow with very little attention. Remove the old fruiting canes after you have harvested your crop – no other care is needed. This plant is virus-free and rarely suffers from any pests or diseases.

Plant Hardiness Zones 4-8
Mature Width 2-3
Mature Height 2-3
Soil Conditions Average
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Moderate Drought Tolerance
Zones 4-8

Hmm, the tangy goodness of raspberries! Nothing says ‘summer is here’ more than a bowl of raspberries and ice cream, or a raspberry syrup over cheesecake. Always expensive and packed in frustratingly tiny boxes, if you depend on stores for your raspberries you will always go short. If you have tried to grow them at home you probably remember the thorns more than the fruit, because traditional raspberries are very prickly, and harvesting them is no fun at all. Plus, they grow tall and need special support systems – or they used to. Let us introduce you to the Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake® bush, which has all the good bits of raspberries, and none of the bad bits. It has thornless canes, so no more scratches and nasty prickles. It grows just 2 or 3 feet tall, so it fits anywhere in your garden, including in planters and tubs. Best of all, it carries a delicious crop of tasty raspberries in the middle of July, just when you want them. Enjoy home-grown berries without the complexity and work of traditional berry-growing and get ready for your first shortcake made with your own berries – what an easy treat it will be.

Growing Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake®

Size and Appearance

The Raspberry Shortcake plant is a bush with many stems rising from the ground, reaching a height of no more than 3 feet, and spreading about the same width. The canes are free of thorns, and they are covered in attractive green leaves. These are crinkly, with a striking silver underside. Each leaf is made up of three leaflets which are about 2 inches long, with a matt surface. The dense, bushy look of the plant is very appealing, and even the canes, which are a striking yellow-green color, add to the charming look of the bush. In fall the leaves turn yellow before dropping for the winter.

In March or April, depending on where you live, the canes from the previous year will flower. The flowers are carried in bunches towards the top of the canes, with 2 or 3 flowers in each bunch. Flowering continues over several weeks, ending in May. Each flower has a charming simplicity, with 5 white petals spread out flat and a golden center. As the flowers fade they turn into tiny green raspberries, which grow over the following weeks. You can expect to see your first ripe, red raspberry around the end of June or early July, and you will be harvesting ripe berries up until August.

Using Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake® in Your Garden

Because of its small size you can grow the Raspberry Shortcake bush anywhere in your garden. Plant it among your flowering shrubs or grow it as an edging along a bed. But this bush really comes into its own as a container plant, and it’s a great choice for the new trend of growing smaller berry bushes on your patio or terrace for both beauty and convenience. You can step out of your door and pick fresh berries for breakfast, and even grow fruit on a balcony if you have no garden at all. The leaves of your bush, fresh or dried, also make a delicious traditional tea.

Hardiness

The Raspberry Shortcake bush is hardy from zone 4 to 9, but it may not fruit well beyond zone 8, because it needs a sufficient amount of winter cold (about 800 hours below 45 degrees) to develop its flower buds properly. This is however a relatively short period for raspberries, and this plant is a good choice for warmer zones.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

Grow your Raspberry Shortcake bush in full sun for a good harvest. It will grow in most well-drained garden soils with ease. For containers use a blended soil for outdoor shrubs and make sure your container has a drainage hole.

Maintenance and Pruning

This compact bush needs very little care. You will notice that new stems, without flowers, grow up in late spring or summer. These are the flowering stems for the next year. Once you have picked your last berries for the season, remove those old stems at ground-level, leaving just the new stems. In the following spring, cut the top couple of inches off the bare stems before flowering starts, to stimulate flowers rather than leafy shoots. That is all you need to do each year to enjoy the most berries and to always have attractive, tidy bushes. The Raspberry Shortcake bush has been tested to be virus-free, and it generally doesn’t suffer from pests or diseases of any importance. Container plants should be fed with liquid tomato food from bloom time until you finish picking, feeding every two weeks.

History and Origin of Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake®

The Raspberry Shortcake bush is a special variety of the red raspberry, Rubus idaeus, originated as a wild plant in Europe, but today different varieties are grown all over the world. This variety began its life in New Zealand, where in 1999, Harvey Hall and Joseph Stephens, from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd. are berry breeders. They carried out controlled crosses of several existing varieties, and sent the seed to a grower in Lynden, Washington State, a big raspberry producing area. There 120 seedlings were raised, and among them one unique plant was found. After 8 years of trial growing and testing that plant was patented in 2011, with the name ‘NR7’. It has been registered with the trademark name Raspberry Shortcake® and released by Star® Roses and Plants as part of their Bushel & Berry® range of special berry bushes that are easy to grow, for home gardeners to enjoy.

Buying Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake® at The Tree Center

We love all the berries in the Bushel & Berry bushes, but this is the only raspberry bush in the range, so it is in high demand. Order your plants now, and look forward to picking delicious, perfectly ripened raspberries the first summer after you plant them. We will soon be sold out, so don’t wait.

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Bushel & Berry® Raspberry Shortcake

Rubus idaeus 'NR7' (PP# 22,141)

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