Winter Shrub ID: Black Raspberry

Photo of Black Raspberry

The stems of Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) are round, armed with prickles (which are smaller than  those of Common Blackberry), and covered with a bloom that, in winter, makes the underlying reddish-purple stem appear powdery blue.  Black Raspberry has compound leaves with usually three leaflets but doesn't appear to hold any dead leaves into winter (as Common Blackberry often does). Every plant I've checked recently has been leafless but nonetheless identifiable from a distance. In summer, the fruit of Black Raspberry is not to be missed.

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