Tropical raspberry

Did you ever have one of those “What was I thinking” moments? I did, recently, as I fought to remove a tropical raspberry plant (Rubus neveus), also known as mysore raspberry. I collected this plant some years ago, and was very disappointed when it produced fruit. Not only did the fruit not taste like raspberries, they didn’t taste like anything at all, really, despite one website claiming they have an excellent raspberry/blackberry flavour. The family were of a similar opinion and showed no interest in eating them. I should have dug out the plant then, but it produces blossom through winter here when not much else is in flower. The fact that bees and butterflies love the flowers, finally bought its reprieve. It remained quite well behaved through the years of drought without any care at all, but has raced out of control after the decent period of rain we had earlier this year. Canes are shooting up everywhere, and the thorns are vicious. I have been able to cut back enough to be able to get to the hatch on our in-ground water tank, but I will remove the rest during Last Quarter phase to discourage regrowth.
If you do decide to plant this type of raspberry, it needs very little encouragement to grow vigorously, and it would be wise to put it in an area where it can’t invade other parts of your garden.


4 thoughts on “Tropical raspberry

  1. In Indonesia we called that “Arbei”, it’s definitely different with real raspberry but the farmers keep named them as “local raspberry” 😀

  2. Is that mysore raspberry..? I thought mysore raspberry will turn to black when fully ripen. Hi, i live in java indonesia in a slope of an actife volcano. Those raspberry photo is very similiar to native fariety that grow in our tropics climate..

    No, Adimanusia. Mysore raspberry is Rubus niveus, the fruit of which is black when ripe. The raspberry in this post is Rubus probus, a plant native to Australia and New Guinea. The fruit of this species is red when ripe. – Lyn

  3. I’m living in Malaysia and I planted a tropical raspberry bush last year. The taste is a very sweet berry like taste but certainly not exactly like a raspberry. Here in Malaysia it never stops producing berries and this year we picked about 20 litres and it’s still going strong. Yes it’s very thorny with canes reaching 3 to 4 metres long but I’m very happy with this one and am going to plant more. It works great as a quick fence and, because of the long canes, I’m going to train it over an arbour to make a nice shade house.

    I’m pleased you are happy with your tropical raspberry. I finally managed to get rid of ours. It is a reminder that we should always choose plants that are suited to the site and the climate conditions. – Lyn

  4. Is this the native raspberry? I have these growing in the bush areas on my property. They only became a problem when one came up in vege garden. It took a long time to get rid of it. I agree the taste is ordinary. Can you recommend a variety of raspberry or other berries that are suitable for Port Macquarie/ Wauchope area.

    I doubt very much if it is a true native, Christine, as it is a relative of the European raspberry. If you live where you get a bit of a frost, you would probably be able to grow blueberries. They are grown commercially in the Hannam Vale area, but they are not likely to grow well for you close to the coast, as they need some chilling during their dormant period. Blueberries are chokkas with anti-oxidants and taste great, too. Raspberries are not suitable for your area. They like mild summers as the fruit becomes mouldy when it gets hot. – Lyn

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