Japanese Wineberry 3L Pot by Primrose & Sons
Originating in Japan but also native to Korea and China, the Japanese Wineberry is a very handsome plant that has something to offer at most seasons throughout the year. The bright orange berries turn to crimson when fully ripe and have an unusual aromatic sweet-yet-tart taste. Ideal for eating fresh from the bush and also using in jams, jellies and desserts. The berries are encased by a calyx (protective shield) as they ripen and the stems of the wineberry are covered in a thick layer of golden bristles -These are not particularly sharp, but seem to be enough of a deterrent to birds. Can be used to good effect as an ornamental climber and the canes are an attractive red colour in winter providing further interest following flowering and fruiting. Self fertile.
- Arrives as: 3L Pot
- Approx Height on Arrival: 20-40cm
- Harvesting Month: August
- Harvesting Period: Mid
- Eventual Height & Spread: 3m x 2m
- Rate of Growth: 2-5 Years
- Habit: Bushy
- Uses: Jams, Cooking, Smoothies, Eating Fresh
- Planting Period: All Year
- Self Fertile: Yes
- Planting Distance: 2m (6.5ft)
- Light Preference: Partial shade, full sun
- Soil Preference: Acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
- Moisture: Well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Water around 1 inch a week. Remove any weeds or rocks and place mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter.
Plant in well-draining soil using the planting distance specified in the characteristics above.
Some shade can be tolerated but more fruit will be produced at a sunny site.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the rootball, place plant in ensuring the crown is level with the ground. Backfill with soil and firm well before watering. Mulch for best results.
These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.