Delicious but dangerous!

Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius)is an Asian bramble species that produces luscious fruit in mid-summer. I know gardeners who have discovered the plant in wild and semi-wild areas, tasted the fruit, and then propagated the plant in their landscapes from root cuttings. BIG MISTAKE!

This exotic invasive prefers wet areas and can be found choking out native plants throughout Maryland. You may be able to manage it in your landscape but animals will spread seeds far and wide. Cut it down or treat it with a systemic herbicide (glyphosate, triclopyr) if you find it on your land. Plant blackberry, raspberry and blueberry if you’re looking for delicious fruit that won’t get out of control.

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