Name that red berry!

How well do you know your berries? Here we’ve picked some of the most handsome red ones – see if you can name them


BERRY 1 Reliable evergreen shrub with leathery leaves. Dioecious (male and female flowers on different shrubs) – it’s the female plants that bear the berries. H2.5m (8ft) S1.5m (5ft)

2 Berry-bearing female shrub with a male name. Gold-margined, prickly evergreen foliage. Compact, conical habit; needs male partner to produce berries. H6m (20ft) S5m (16ft)

3 Popular large prickly shrub with strong arching stems bearing geranium-red single flowers, followed by distinctive urn-shaped hips. Has an AGM. H2.5m (8ft) S2.2m (7ft)

4 These berries belong to a deciduous shrub in the gooseberry family with flowers borne in dangly racemes. It’s useful for jelly making. H1.5m (5ft) S1m (3ft 3in)

5 Herringbone branches smothered in red berries in winter. A deciduous shrub with a low, spreading habit. Fine in gardens, but illegal to plant in the wild. H1m (3ft 3in) S1.5m (5ft)

6 Small evergreen shrub whose bamboo-like foliage is purple-red when young and in autumn. Small white flowers late June-July are followed by red berries. H and S1.5m (5ft)

7 Perennial bearing sweet fruits on arching canes in summer or autumn. Berries are ‘aggregate fruit of many drupelets’ that leave a hollow core when picked. H and S1.5-2.4m (5-8ft)

8 Native climber producing fragrant summer flowers Jun-Sep followed by bright red shiny berries. Cottage garden favourite loved by bees and moths. H7m (23ft) S3.5m (11½ft) 

9 Originating from Dutch province of Guelderland, this deciduous shrub has mophead flowers June-July, good autumn foliage and bird-friendly berries. H5m (16ft) S4m (13ft)


1. Skimmia japonica (female) 2 Ilex altaclerensis ‘Golden King’ 3. Rosa moyesii ‘Geranium’ 4. Ribes rubrum (red currant) 5. Cotoneaster horizontalis 6. Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) 7. Rubus idaeus (autumn-fruiting raspberry) 8. Lonicera periclymenum (honeysuckle) 9. Viburnum opulus (guelder rose)