At Frensham today some stunning colours caught my eye. At first glance I thought it was a blackberry bush, since it had little black berries (a dead giveaway, that). The blackberry, along with the raspberry, are members of the genus Rubus, which has hundreds of species. Most of their leaves (and I’ve looked at quite a few of them tonight, trying to identify this plant!) look like this;
Here’s the mystery bramble – you can see that the leaves are very different in shape and are deeply toothed or cut. It looks like Rubus laciniatus, the cutleaf blackberry, but I’m confused because some sources say it’s evergreen while others say it’s deciduous. Whatever it is, I reckon it’s really beautiful at this time of year.