Purple raspberries bloom in June and are ready for harvest in July. Plants generally begin fruiting 2 to 3 weeks after red raspberries begin.
Brandywine: A round, tart, reddish fruit. Very vigorous with good winter hardiness and fruit firmness. The plant will not spread because suckers grow only from the crown.
Royalty: A cone-shaped fruit that is sweeter than Brandywine. Fruit is too soft for shipping, although it can be picked slightly before it is ripe for this purpose. It suckers freely from roots, so it grows more like a red raspberry in hedgerows. It is resistant to raspberry aphid, which spreads some viruses, but is especially susceptible to crown gall.