Rubus phoenicolasius – ripe now!

Stop by Pondside Park to forage for wild raspberries! Rubus phoenicolasius (wild or wine raspberry) is native to Korea, Japan and China and was introduced to the United States for breeding with other farmed raspberries. It escaped from cultivation, has naturalized along the East Coast, and can grow quite invasively. These long branched bushes with thorny stems and sparse leaves develop clusters of fuzzy prickly alien looking stars that open to display beautiful jewel-like fruit! Tart- sweet and flavorful, but seedy and dry compared to the cultivated varieties, wild raspberries feed several kinds of songbirds– and the lucky humans who discover them –  in early to mid July.

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