SHRUBS & SUBSHRUBS
Rubus phoenicolasius Maxim.
Rose family (Rosaceae)
Origin: Japan, Korea and China
Wineberry, or wine raspberry, is a spiny shrub that was introduced into the United States in 1890 as breeding stock for new Rubus (raspberry genus) cultivars and still used today by berry breeders. It is prized for its delicious edible raspberry-like berries that are produced in abundance in summer.
Distribution and Habitat
Wineberry is found from New England and eastern Canada to North Carolina and west to Michigan and Tennessee. It occurs along forest, field, stream and wetland edges and in open woods, preferring moist habitats.
Wineberry forms dense shady thickets that displace native plants and significantly alter habitat structure.
Description and Biology
Prevention and Control
Do not plant wineberry. It can be controlled through mechanical means or by treating the canes with a systemic herbicide like glyphosate or triclopyr (see Control Options).
Native blackberries and non-invading cultivated raspberry would be good alternatives.
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