Japanese Wineberry, Wine Raspberry
Rubus phoenicolasius

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rubus (ROO-bus) (Info)
Species: phoenicolasius (fee nee KO las see us) (Info)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Petaluma, California

Baltimore, Maryland

Brookeville, Maryland

Saint Leonard, Maryland

Groton, Massachusetts

Lindstrom, Minnesota

Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Hickory, North Carolina

Salem, Oregon

Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Royersford, Pennsylvania

Verona, Pennsylvania

Woodbridge, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
3
negatives
RatingContent
Negative

On Apr 19, 2015, RashDecisions from Baltimore, MD wrote:

Negative experience, allergic reaction lasted for 2 weeks+.
Thanks to 'Dave's Garden' site for the best pictures and ID of this plant. I describe my reaction in case case others are 'itching' for an answer...

Spring cleanup at home in Baltimore & I pulled a 4 foot crawler from the fence when it brushed my neck (barely any contact!) but one thorn sticks...

Luckily, I was by chance wearing long sleeves and work gloves as within an hour contact site resolved what I thought was a spider bite or bee sting. 4" circular rash with angry core. Applied topical 1% hydrocortisone (OTC) but endured localized itching and 3 days of 'weeping' (yes, gross).

Lesion cleared significantly, but not completely after 7 days. Secondary reaction apparent as sma... read more

Negative

On Feb 21, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Two states have banned the trade, transport, or planting of this species due to its invasiveness in natural areas. It's on the invasive plant lists for 6 states. This has become a species of concern to organizations dealing with the environment in the eastern and midwestern US.

Flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus) is native to eastern and midwestern North America and makes a better ornamental than Rubus phoenicolasius. It has much bigger, showier pink flowers, like single roses, over a long season. The canes have bristles but no prickers. The fruit is ornamental and edible, though I don't find it especially tasty. (I don't care for the Japanese wineberry's fruit, either.)

Negative

On Jun 16, 2013, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wine raspberry is an invasive, alien pest in Maryland. It'll grow just about anywhere and does. The only positive is that it produces edible berries but so would a native raspberry species.

It has soft, fuzzy broad leaves. The canes are thickly bristled with hair like thorns.

Flower buds are covered in what looks almost like red velvety hair. Flower petals are very small and purple/pink in color. Which helps to differentiate this plant from other raspberries.

Fruit is wine red to black and sweet, though small. It's eaten by animals and their droppings spread seeds far and wide, which readily germinate.

Positive

On Jun 24, 2009, scirpidiella from Pińczw
Poland (Zone 6b) wrote:

Plants grow good even in sandy dry soil. Frost hardy. Very ornamental, even in winter (red shoots). Good grow from stratified seeds.

Positive

On Sep 28, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant fruits even in the shade. Excellent flavor and color. Originally from Japan. Fruits are produced in mid summer on two-year wood.