Korean Bramble (Rubus coreanus)

Shrub
R. tokkura. Sieb.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Korean Bramble
Rubus coreanus
Rosaceae

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    The fruit is aphrodisiac, astringent, restorative and tonic[176, 218, 238]. It is taken internally in the treatment of complaints associated with disturbed liver and kidney functions, such as back pain, urinary dysfunction, premature greying, blurred vision, infertility, impotence and premature ejaculation[238, 279]. The fruit is harvested when fully ripe and can be used fresh or dried[238].

    The juice of the bruised leaves or a decoction of the root are used in the treatment of ophthalmia[218].

    The seed is astringent and tonic[218].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[105. 177]. Small with a poor flavour[11]. The dark red or purplish black fruit is 5–8 mm in diameter[266].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3¡c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Division of the suckers in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. Plants are rarely cultivated for their edible fruit in Japan[58]. This species is a raspberry with biennial stems, it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock, these stems fruit in their second year and then die[200]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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