Arctic Raspberries ‘Beta’ and ‘Sophia’ (Rubus arcticus x stellarcticus)
Arctic Raspberries are unusual new varieties developed in Sweden at the Balsgard Fruit Breeding Institute. They only grow 3-5” tall and make a dense mat of leaves on the ground. In late spring, lavender flowers appear and turn into sweet, red raspberry fruits by mid-summer. The fruits are about the size of a small ‘Heritage’ raspberry and each plant can produce up to one pound of ripe berries. In fall, the green foliage changes to colorful crimson and burgundy. The plants die-back to the ground in winter and regrow in spring. There is no annual pruning needed so these require less work than standard raspberries. They create a beautiful, edible ground cover. Arctic Raspberries need a cross-pollinator to set fruit. We are selling a Set of 2 plants: ‘Beta’ and ‘Sophia.’ These are the hardiest fruiting plants we sell, able to withstand cold temperatures to zone 2. Set of 2 plants, each in a 2.5” pot.