Himalayan wineberry

Rubus ellipticus

Himalayan wineberry was detected in Albany, Auckland in June 2019. Find out about this invasive species, what we're doing, and how you can help by reporting sightings.

Background and situation

Himalayan wineberry (also known as Yellow Himalayan raspberry) is considered one of the world’s top 100 invasive species. It is known to be highly invasive. It can have a negative impact on natural or managed forests, grasslands, rural, and urban areas. The species:

  • can survive a wide range of habitats
  • smothers other vegetation
  • is difficult to control and eliminate.

Risk to New Zealand

Biosecurity New Zealand is assessing the potential risk of Himalayan wineberry to New Zealand.

What we are doing

We are working with local authorities to identify the extent of the spread as well as possible control methods.

What you can do

We need you to tell us if you see a Himalayan wineberry.

The plant is a prickly bramble shrub which can grow 1 metre to 4 metres tall and may be mistaken for other bramble species such as blackberry.

Check the images to see some obvious difference to blackberry

How to report sightings

If you see this pest plant:

  • take a photo of the plant, including any berries and flowers it may have
  • take a photo of the location of the plant or if possible record the GPS location of the plant
  • phone our pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66

Himalayan wineberry compared to blackberry

These pictures will help you identify Himalayan wineberry. On the left are pictures of Himalayan wineberry and on the right, blackberry.

A closeup of Himalayan wildberry flowers.
Himalayan wineberry flowers have 5 petals that are spoon-shaped (tapering to more of a point), white or pink, and with pale green sepals (leaf-like layers at the base of the flower below the petal) with a pointed tip.
A closeup of blackberry flowers
Blackberry flowers have five petals that are rounded to notched, can be flat or crinkled, and coloured white to deep pink. The stamen are white or pink.

 

A closeup of Himalayan wildberry leaves.
Himalayan wineberry leaves grow as 3 leaflets on hairy, bristly stalks. The leaves are oval-shaped with serrated edges.
A closeup of blackberry leaves.
Blackberry have leaves that grow in a 3 to 5 leaflet arrangement.

 

A closeup of the berries on a Himalayan wildberry plant.
Himalayan wineberry have yellow/gold coloured berries.
A closeup of the berries on a blackberry plant.
Blackberry have red/black coloured berries.

 

A closeup of Himalayan wildberry stems.
Himalayan wineberry have stems with brownish-purple bristly hairs and prickles.
A closeup of blackberry stems.
Blackberry have stems armed with prickles.

 

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