The wineberry goes by several names, including wine sap berry, Japanese wineberry, wine raspberry or dew berry. It is not native to the U.S. but rather is an Asian species of raspberry. It was introduced in Europe and North American as an ornamental plant and for breeding hybrid raspberries. The plant and its edible berries is found in patches along the trail. One of our members reports the berries “are not as sweet as a raspberry but still a nice treat.”
As a non-native plant, the wineberry is seen as an invasive shrub or "noxious weed." But for now we don’t see a reason to try to control or eradicate it other than cutting it back from encroaching on the trail, as we would with any other plant.
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