Japanese wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius - Organic red - Hardy plant

Rubus phoenicolasius

Japanese wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius - Organic red - Hardy plant

Rubus phoenicolasius
Exotic fruit shrub
They seem like the raspberry's cousin. The Japanese wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) is a special fruit shrub. The tart fruits are from the raspberry family. But they're slightly different. The organic shrub has red brown pointy twigs with fine, red hairs. It gives our garden an exotic touch and attracts butterflies and bees! The perennial fruit bush blossoms in the spring That is when it reveals its white flowers. A crop will be ready to harvest from summer onwards in the second year after planting.
This Japanese wineberry requires support while growing. Be sure to secure the vines to a climbing base or woven structure. Plant the Japanese wineberry in full sun or partial shade. The fruit shrub grows in any soil It's best to give the tree extra water during dry spells.
The plant is grown organically. In other words, no chemical pesticides have been used to grow the plant. For a healthy garden!
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Japanese wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius - Organic red - Hardy plant
Japanese wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius - Organic red - Hardy plant
Japanese wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius - Organic red - Hardy plant
Japanese wineberry Rubus phoenicolasius - Organic red - Hardy plant
How we measure

From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Seasonal effects

The appearance of fruit trees and shrubs changes between seasons. From a bare plant lying dormant in winter to fresh greenery in spring, in full bloom during summer to leaves changing colour and dropping in autumn. This is a natural process courtesy of mother nature. Our plants will be delivered accordingly.

Latin name: Rubus phoenicolasius
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Red
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: Yes
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Harvesting: July - August
Flowering: May - June
Growing Height: 150 - 200 cm
Planting distance: 50 - 100 cm

Plant your Rubus phoenicolasius from late October to April (as long as there is no frost). Make sure the root ball of the Japanese Wineberry is well drenched – soak the bush in a bucket of lukewarm water overnight prior to planting. Prepare a large hole and loosen the soil with a fork. Plant the Rubus phoenicolasius root ball at the correct depth – the top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly down. Water immediately after planting. Japanese Wineberry thrives in any garden soil. Plant the bush in a sunny or partly shaded spot.


The Japanese Wineberry makes little or no special demands and can actually be grown almost anywhere. Water well in dry periods. The fruit is ready for picking in July-August when the berries are dark red. 

Cultivating your Japanese Wineberry

The Japanese Wineberry has long shoots that need to be tied in, for example along fencing – a climbing frame is also very suitable. Push some sturdy poles into the soil that protrude about 2 metres above ground level and stretch three strong wires across them. Plant the Japanese Wineberry bushes about a metre apart, preferably in a row going North to South. New shoots will appear every year from the ground up – these bear fruit in the following year then die off. Prune these fruit bearing branches completely back after harvest. Bind new shoots in a fan shape along the wires – approx. six shoots per bush. Top the new shoots just above the highest wire at the end of February. Protection from birds is not usually necessary.


The Japanese Wineberry grows wild in Asia Minor but these strong bushes actually do well in our climate. Rubus phoenicolasius has a few thorns on the red branches and fresh green leaves. The white blossom appears in May-July, quickly followed by the sticky red fruit. You will enjoy this delicious sweet yet tart fruit for weeks on end. The fruit resembles the raspberry. Eat your Japanese Wineberry freshly picked or make them into jam or stewed fruit. Rubus phoenicolasius looks great in the ornamental garden or in a large planter.


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