Common name: Wineberry
Rubus phoenicolasius is a species of raspberry native to Asia. The red-orange, translucent fruits in summer have a tart, winey taste. We have one plant on the Winter Walk, planted in 1997.
It was named in 1872 by Russian botanist CJ Maximowicz who used “phoenico-” for the purplish colour and “–lasius” for the wooly look of the profuse glandular hairs on stems, racemes and calyxes that give the flower and fruit clusters a bristly look. Its leaves are tri-foliate and white-felted beneath. It was introduced around 1876 to Europe and North America as an ornamental and for its potential in raspberry breeding.
Berry and leaf photo by Linda Marshik
Bramble photo by Lyn Anderson in Garden, May 2022