Berry Season?

The leaves have dropped, but many plants and shrubs in our area retain their berries through the fall, some even all winter. These include crabapple, chokecherry, winterberry, wintergreen, cranberry, greenbrier, snowberry, and two of our more common invasive plants from the far east, Japanese barberry and oriental bittersweet. Add to that the ubiquitous sweet pepperbush, whose dry seed clusters resemble tiny berries that last into next spring. See if you can find these little spots of color along our trails. Best bet is near the borders of wetlands.