Rubus phoenicolasius - Japanese wineberry
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Other features: softly hairy, bare stems look good in winter
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Still quite rare here in the UK, but hopefully that will all change quite soon. These incredibly sweet, orange red to dark red berries are delicious if picked and eaten straight from the bush when they ripen in August, or can be cooked up in the same way as you would raspberries (which they are closely related to). They come on a large, deciduous bush that is easy to grow, although you will get the best fruit when it is trained against a sunny, south-facing wall or fence.
- Garden care: Prepare the planting area well, removing all perennial weeds and adding plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure and plant at 45cm intervals. The fruit is produced on two year old canes, the stems that grow this year, should go on to produce fruit next year. Ideally you should tie the canes onto wires and at the end of the picking season cut those that have produced fruit back to their base and then tie on the new canes.