Rubus phoenicolasius - Japanese wineberry

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Buy Rubus phoenicolasius - Japanese wineberry Japanese wineberry: Heavenly sweet and delicious berries

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Still quite rare here in the UK, but hopefully that will all change quite soon. These incredibly sweet, orange red to dark red berries are delicious if picked and eaten straight from the bush when they ripen in August, or can be cooked up in the same way as you would raspberries (which they are closely related to). They come on a large, deciduous bush that is easy to grow, although you will get the best fruit when it is trained against a sunny, south-facing wall or fence.

  • Garden care: Prepare the planting area well, removing all perennial weeds and adding plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure and plant at 45cm intervals. The fruit is produced on two year old canes, the stems that grow this year, should go on to produce fruit next year. Ideally you should tie the canes onto wires and at the end of the picking season cut those that have produced fruit back to their base and then tie on the new canes.

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Notes on Rubus phoenicolasius - Japanese wineberry

"Grow them up against a fence or along a post and wires to create garden divisions"

Beautiful, edible, ornamental


I first saw this plant at the entrance to the Old Vicarage Garden, East Ruston, Norfolk and it was an instant must have as it was highly decorative and edible! The points of interest to me were; Berry colours of deep red and orange set in 'furry cups' and beautiful red stems covered in spines most of which were quite soft. The stems give colour through the winter and the plant is very easy to grow. The beautiful shiny berries look delicious and are pleasant enough, sweet for sure, but not as well flavoured as you would hope. However in a culinary capacity they make a great decoration for a dessert and would be good, I would imagine, in a mixed berry dish. This plant deserves a position in the ornamental garden, not tucked away with the veg and other fruit.




Good looking fruit


I cant wait for the fruit to get going and like all fruit it takes time.




Probably the worst purchase of my life


There are many reasons why the plant is rare here in the UK! The worst feature of the plant is the thorns. They are so sharp, they come through my gardening gloves, and there have been many occasions when the thorns lodged into my hand when I tried to pick berries without gloves. The berries are few and far between. I'm writing this in August and though there are clusters of berries, they are not as full as the photos show on the web page. Taste wise, they are just ok. They reminded me of pomegranate, but they are not exceptional. It is a highly invasive plant. I honestly can't think of any redeeming features. Buy a raspberry instead.




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Fruit canes/bushes I am keen to purchase raspberry canes to grow this year. Before I purchase, can you guarantee that your canes are 'virus free'?

Carol Fry

Hello There, All our fruit is virus free, but certificates are only issued when plants cross borders. We only deliver to mainland UK, so we do not have certificates, but keep in mind that all our hardy plants are also covered by a 1 year guarantee.

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