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PlantFiles: 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)

23 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous 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. 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 no prickers. The fruit is ornamental and edible, though I don't find it especially tasty.

Negative CaptMicha 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 scirpidiella 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 tcfromky 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.


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

Petaluma, California
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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