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Our Wineberry: (rubus phoenicolasius)


By eirlys


Years ago my father grew a Japanese Wineberry in our garden. It always puzzled people as to what it was but I got quite used to it and, every year, would pick and eat the lovely little orangey-red fruit it produced.

Five years ago when my husband was buying asparagus from an honesty-box, roadside stall , I noticed a familiar leafy stem in a small pot. Sure enough it was a Japanese Wineberry and actually there were two of them priced, 40p.

The plant this year has produced masses of berries. If the birds steal some, it’s not noticeable, there are so many.

Googling for information on this plant tells me that the plant is on a “bad list” as it is invasive. I don’t recall that happening at my family home but I can see that it needs cutting back to keep it in check.

Ours grows in an odd situation, facing East and shaded but the plant is thriving.

If you like raspberries, you will like the fruit. They are so clean as insects seem to avoid the slightly sticky surface. Excellent for jam-making and for freezing.

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That's really nice that you have a plant to remind you of what your Dad grew :) Tasty too

23 Aug, 2015


Very good information Eirlys. Many will want one.
Thank you.

24 Aug, 2015


Aren't the bibs beautiful little things?
I saw some of these in Furzey Gardens in the New Forest a few years ago.Wonderful plants!

24 Aug, 2015


buds, not bibs ha ha!

24 Aug, 2015


I have visited Furzey Gardens (at Minstead), several times as they're fairly near us but I have never seen the above plant there.
Will make a point of looking for it next time we visit.

Incidentally the Gardens are well worth a visit, particularly in Springtime.

12 Sep, 2015

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