Wild raspberry identification?

tigergirl123April 17, 2012

We moved into a new home last year and during the summer we had an awful wall as high as the phone lines of weeds, vines, dead trees etc on one side of our property. The only good thing to come out of the mess were some wild raspberry plants! Last fall we cleared everything out. This spring, before we go any further, I want to see if I can identify the raspberry bushes, or if what I think are raspberries are really thorny weeds.

Anyone have any pictures of raspberry plants coming up in the spring? The things I am wondering about have very hairy reddish "canes" coming up, green leaves that have jagged edges and are very "bumpy" / veiny, not smooth.

If I can figure out how to post pics on here, I will.

Thank you!

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

The hairy reddish canes indicates wineberries. They are not raspberries, but they taste good. Your leaf description matches. Type wineberry into Google image search and you should get a better idea if you have a match.


    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 7:15PM
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Sounds like wineberry. They are Japanese raspberries that have naturalized in eastern US. Regarded as invasive as it will run like all raspberries but I don't find them hard to contain. The fruits ripe at the same time as my blackberries and they are very tasty for fresh eating or baking. You won't find the fruits at markets because they don't store well. They fruit on second year canes so if you cleared everything off last year you won't get any this year. But if you let the new growth grow out this year you will have berries next summer.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 12:47PM
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