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Rubus phoenicolasius

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A beautiful Japanese briar with rich coppery or burnished-red, bristly stems in winter and bright red, edible fruits in midsummer. In our opinion, it is well worth cultivating simply as a fruiting plant, but it also happens to be very ornamental and makes an attractive garden feature. The fruits may be used to make delicious jellies, pies or cakes.

Supplied Size: 2L containers (25 - 40 cm tall)

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Rubus phoenicolasius | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
2 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
Habit: Rubus phoenicolasius grows to be a medium sized spreading shrub.
Height: 2 m (6 ft) .
Spread: 2.5 m (8 ft)

Notes: Rubus phoenicolasius is biennial, meaning that the canes grow one year and fruit the next

Plant Finder: about Rubus phoenicolasius

Common names

Japanese Wineberry, Wine raspberry, Wineberry, Dewberry


Rubus phoenicolasius (Japanese Wineberry). This is an Asian species of raspberry which produces biennial canes from a perennial rootstock. The flowers are produced on the second year's side-shoots, growing out from the main stem which hold leaves which are smaller than on the main stem, comprised of three leaflets and with white woolly undersides. The five-petaled flowers are pale pink to white and the calyxes are covered with bristly red hairs which protect the developing fruit. These hairs also exude a sticky substance which insects get caught in, although the plant doesn't benefit nutritionally from the dead insects unlike carnivorous plants which similar properties.


They prefer moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil in a sunny position. This plant is invasive in North America and Europe.

Interest and use

Hedging, specimen, fruit.

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  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • WaterMoist

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