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Wineberries: A Delicious Invasive Species

Many years ago, we had a beautiful red briar pop up under an elm tree at our first residence. I figured it might be a berry briar, so we mowed around it that first year. The next year we had 2 briars, and the first one had raspberries on it! We only had a few, but they were sooo delicious! When we moved to the holler, I brought 2 of the briars with us. Over the last 8 years those 2 briars have turned into a nice sized patch -we now get quarts instead of handfuls! I have since found out that these raspberries are wineberries -also known as wine raspberries- and are considered an invasive species here in the United States. (I call them a gift from God -with a little help from the birds!) The canes of the wineberries get very long -anywhere from 6-10 feet- and when they touch the ground, a new plant will form. The plants are covered with red, hairy spines and the leaves look frosted on the undersides. Wineberries bloom in May here in East Tennessee -the berries get ripe in June and July. Wineberries can be found throughout the northeast United States in moist fields, woods, roadsides, thickets and yards. Wineberry patch in bud Wineberry bud Wineberry Patch Wineberries Handful of Wineberries Can you guess what we’ve been eating? Find out more about wineberries: Plant Conservation Alliance, Alien Plant Working Group: Wineberry Invasive Plant Atlas of New England: Wineberry

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