Wineberry. Photo by Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

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Common Name: Wineberry
Scientific Name: Rubus phoenicolasius
Origin: Eastern Asia


Wineberry is a spiny shrub in the raspberry genus that was introduced to the United States during the 1800’s for its edible berries. Wineberry closely resembles many native raspberry species with leaves that are alternate, light green, deeply divided into three leaflets, and toothed along the margins. The terminal leaflet is the largest and the underside of all leaves are a pale white color. Wineberry has five petaled white flowers that occur in the spring. Bright red, edible berries follow in the summer.


Wineberry can be found along forest edges, stream and wetland edges, right-of-ways and forest openings.


Wineberry grows quickly and forms dense thickets that exclude or shade out native species. It can spread long distances vis bird and animal dispersed seeds.

NYS Threat Ranking Assessment Score = Very High, 85.56


Small infestations can be managed by digging or pulling. Gloves should be worn to prevent injury from the plants numerous spines. Larger infestations can be treated via foliar spray or cut stump using a glyphosate or triclopyr based herbicide.

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This species has not yet been discovered in the Adirondack PRISM.