Encore Raspberry Bush

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Planting for a long season of successive harvests helps ensure that you'll get your fill of fresh, fantastic raspberries. Whether you love them fresh, or preserved, or want plenty on hand to freeze, Nature Hills growers have you covered.

Get delicious late-season berries from a vigorous summer bearer. Encore Raspberries (Rubus 'Encore') easily extend the season of fresh berries for many weeks. These well-balanced fruits are a treat to finish up the season of summer berries! You'll love their sweet robust flavor that has just enough zip to give a gourmet flair.

Still hungry? Why not add summer-bearing varieties and everlasting varieties for a summer-long season of fresh berries for your family's "fruit fix"? Encore bridges the gap between these types. In fact, that's exactly what the team at Cornell University was interested in when they developed this great-tasting variety!

These firm berries certainly hold their own in the freezer. You'll get pounds of fruit from mature plants, so you can keep many bags for the taste of summer all year long. The picking is easy with the mostly upright and nearly thornless canes. You'll only need to tie the laden laterals to your trellis system.

With sweet white flowers in spring and textured dark green foliage, Encore is an attractive addition to an Edible Landscape. Cold-hardy, yet adaptable, Encore works well across much of the United States in growing zones 3 to 8 and grows 4-5 feet in height but only spreads 1-2 feet wide!

Planting and Application:

Fruiting plants are charming. There is a huge (and we mean HUGE!) resurgence of interest in these hard-working plants. Far from simply utilitarian, they are beautiful relatives of the Rose family. Enjoy flowers, foliage, and fruit with these pretty workhorses that exemplify the trend of edible landscaping.

A mature Raspberry patch makes you wealthy in a very real sense. These long-lived plants are valuable, and the extra food security helps you breathe a sigh of relief. Try a row of them near your patio. Space them two feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Carve out a Kitchen Garden, and plant Encore on the "company side" to hide the compost bins. Give yourself something pretty to look at. Butterflies and other helpful pollinators love their nectar-rich blooms. Enjoy greater yields with these sturdy fruiting bushes.

Creative small-space gardeners are even growing Encore Raspberries plants in extra-large containers. Pick your breakfast on your balcony, porch or patio! Everyone loves a friend, so pair this late fruiting Raspberry with an early producer or another Everbearing variety for increased pollination and delicious Raspberries all growing season long!

  • Summer-Bearing Large Red Raspberry
  • Deliciously Balanced Flavor
  • Lovely White Blooms in Spring For Pollinators
  • Nearly Thornless Sturdy Canes
  • Bridges Gap Between Summer Bearing and Everbearing
  • High Yields & Vigorous Producer
  • Great Fresh & Preserved

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Ensure your Encore Raspberry receives full sun. You'll get the most fruit with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. Plant at least five or six feet from buildings. Raspberry plants need good air circulation, and you'll want to access the entire plant to harvest your crop.

Well-drained soils are important. Plant in raised beds to improve drainage. Berry bushes also need regular water. You can even push the backfill soil into a small berm to help keep water near the roots. Drip irrigation or soaker hoses are a great time-saver.

You can add a slow-release fertilizer in early spring. For proper application rates, follow label directions. Apply a three-inch layer of mulch to cut down on surface evaporation.

This variety fruits on second-year Floricanes. After the harvest is done, cut the old canes out at ground level. Dispose of them in your yard waste bin. Keep the new Primocane growth standing over winter. You can tip-prune them back in late winter for a more compact plant if you like.

  • Cold Hardy Full Sun
  • Widely Adaptable Most Well-Drained Soils
  • Loves Regular Moisture
  • Prune Everbearing After Fruiting
  • Provide Regular Fertility

People are craving the security of fruiting plants in their landscape. Order your Encore Raspberry Bushes today at Nature Hills Nursery. You'll be racing other gardeners for our limited inventory of expertly grown plants.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Encore Raspberry Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rubus 'Encore'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Floricane
Pruning Time After Fruiting