Rubus illecebrosus (Balloon Berry) is a deciduous plant that is native to Japan. This small shrub is a great addition to any garden because of its ability to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and its edible fruit. It typically grows to be 2 to 5 feet tall but can also make a good groundcover. Thickets of Rubus illecebrosus can form with their thorny branches. They produce beautiful white or off-white flowers in the spring and juicy red fruits in the summer.
Rubus illecebrosus does best in full sun or semi-shade, although it will still grow in partial shade. It requires regular water when it is actively growing in the spring and summer and moderate water during the dormancy in the fall and winter. This shrub is known to survive in USDA Zone 4-9.
When it comes to fruit, Rubus illecebrosus is quite productive. One plant can produce up to dozens of red berries each season, making this shrub great for home gardens. The berries are full of vitamins and other healthy nutrients, making them great for jams, pies, and other desserts. They are also high in fiber, which can help to improve digestion. Rubus illecebrosus berries also contain antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from free radicals.
When planting your Rubus illecebrosus in colder regions, it is important to provide the plant with some protection from the cold. It is best to plant in a pot that can be brought indoors if necessary. Additionally, it is recommended to cover the pot with a cloth when it gets very cold. This will help to keep the roots of the plant from freezing. In short, Rubus illecebrosus is an attractive and productive plant that makes a great addition to any garden.