Swiss grower Lubera won the only fruit medal given at Plantarium held in Boskoop, The Netherlands this month and which attracted 9,835 visitors on trade days this year.
The award was presented to Lubera for its own-bred Lowberry Raspberry 'Baby Dwarf'. 'Baby Dwarf' is claimed to be the shortest raspberry ever and sees heavy fruiting on new and old canes.
The medal was one of only four awards given to foreign nurseries.
Lubera, which has exhibited at Plantarium for the last seven years, said compact fruit plants for small space growing had always been high on its agenda for breeding programmes.
At RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the compact Morus 'Charlotte Russe' from Suttons won best in show, while at HTA National Plant Show, Frank P Matthews' variety Malus sieboldii Aros, another compact plant, was been named best in show.
Founder Markus Kobelt said: "The Plantarium Trade Show is so important to us and to win such an illustrious award is a real privilege. This year we have displayed an array of superb fruit plants, which aim to enthuse the end consumer, whilst at the same time making growing them a pleasure, whatever the growing area they may have. Through our innovative fruit breeding programmes we produce varieties which have better taste, colour and growing habits, for a stress free gardening experience and we cannot wait to give the consumer a chance to grow our 'Baby Dwarf."
Lowberry Raspberry ' Baby Dwarf' plants will be available to buy in the summer of 2018.
The 35th edition of the Plantarium trade fair, which was held in Hazerswoude/Boskoop from 23 to 26 August, attracted on the professional days, 9,835 visitors, which was fewer than in previous years, which organisers said brought some criticism. Including the traditional consumer day, the total number of visitors was 15,765. In 2016, 10,600 trade visitors attended, with 16,100 overall.
Shortly after the trade fair, the Board will evaluate the latest edition based on the evaluation forms submitted by the participants.