Wineberries



Rubus phoenicolasius (Wineberries or Japanese Wineberry), is a species of raspberry native to northern China, Japan, and Korea.

It is a perennial plant bearing biennial stems, which are covered with fine, red thorns, which appear much like red hair. In the first year, a new stem grows vigorously, unbranched, to its full height of 1-3 m, bearing large pinnate leaves comprising 3-5 leaflets, without producing any flower. In the second year, the stem does not grow any taller , but several side shoots are produced with several smaller leaves always with three leaflets. The leaves are green with white underneath. The flowers are produced on short, very bristly racemes on the tips of these side shoots. Each flower is 6-10 mm in diameter, with five purplish red to pink petals and a bristly calyx. The fruit is an edible, orange or red false berry, 1 cm diameter, with numerous drupelets around a central core. The ripening of berries occur from early summer.

Propagation is by seed. Wineberry plant grows best in moist and well-drained soil.

WineberriesWineberries
Author: Wouter Hagens (public domain)

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WineberriesWineberries
Author: Wouter Hagens (public domain)

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