Winter Shrub ID: Red Raspberry

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The sweet and satisfying fruits of wild Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) are not available in January, unless you froze or dried some during the previous growing season.  It is possible, however, to identify Red Raspberry even in the "dead of winter" (Is there such a thing?), by examining the shrubs' canes, which are round like those of Black Raspberry but are a variable reddish-brown (instead of purple) and armed with much less threatening bristles (instead of hooked prickles).

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