Rubus phoenicolasius - Japanese wineberry

3 litre pot £14.99
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Buy Rubus phoenicolasius - Japanese wineberry Japanese wineberry: Heavenly sweet and delicious berries

This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • 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"

If I moved to another garden and couldn't bring cuttings.


Raspberry beetles ruined my enjoyment of the blackberries and raspberries I planted and tended with great care. I don't use pesticides and each bowl of raspberries or blackberries picked would be writhing with tiny maggots by the second year after planting. Raspberry beetles thrive round here. A friend said I should try Japanese Wineberries, because their flowers are protected inside calyxes that hide them from the egg laying beetles. I planted one against an east facing 6 foot high garden fence 4 years ago and am delighted by it. In winter the vines look great with their bristling coat of red hair. I don't find them particularly savage, nothing like the roses that seem to have developed a taste for human flesh. There was some fruit the second year, and I cut off the vines that had borne fruit that winter and tied the new ones to wires along the fence. By the third year there was so much fruit that I had to sit on a chair to pick it all, because my legs got tired standing up for so long. The fruit is less sweet than the cultured varieties of blackberry and raspberry I grew before, but very tasty, with an almost sherberty zing. The original plant has rooted in 4 different places alongside the fence, where vines have drooped down to the soil and rooted before I got round to tying them to the wires. It is one of the best plants in my garden, trouble free and prolific. I do tend to use caution when cutting off the vines that have fruited, because their bristles have stiffened into spikes, I tend to grab them by their leaves and use the secateurs to chop them into compost sized bits that fall into a trug, and it is much less dangerous than pruning the roses. Perhaps because the vines are trained along wires, so I don't have to get in amongst them to make the cuts?

Relaxed gardener



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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