Rubus phoenicolasius (Japanese Wineberry)
Japanese Wineberry

Rubus phoenicolasius (Japanese Wineberry)

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Both ornamental and edible, the Japanese wineberry has much to offer for year-round interest. Ideal as a climber, its furry red stems during the winter transform in spring into lime green foliage studded with bright red fruit. Easy to grow- just treat it as you would a raspberry. Cropping in August, they are a great filler between summer and autumn raspberries, with berries that can be eaten in the same way- fresh from the bush or cooked. 

With an unusual sweet yet tart flavour, the berries begin as bright orange before ripening to crimson. The thick layer of golden bristles on the stems seems to deter pests and insects.

  • Flowers: June - August
  • Fruit: July- October
  • Hardy
  • Well drained soil 
  • All aspects 
  • Full sun 
  • Will need a support system – wires or trellis
  • Protect the fruits from the birds (or leave berries on the shrub to encourage wildlife)
  • Prune fruited canes to ground level after harvesting to encourage new fruit-bearing upright shoots (flowers and fruit are formed on the stems that grew the previous year). These new canes can be tied together over winter before being trained in spring.