Thursday, 1 January 2015

Brambles are evergreen

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When we think of winter evergreens, it's holly and ivy and fir trees and pine trees that come to mind, but the humble bramble also keeps its leaves on through the winter. 
Each leaf is made up of 5 leaflets, all on thorny stalks with hidden thorns on the veins on the underside of the leaf. 

It's a prickly character and a very successful coloniser of open ground at Filnore Woods. 
Although the leaves are still green now, they are beginning to get brown spots and will gradually turn browner and browner until the new leaves pop out in spring.

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