It's sad to see the vividly-colored autumn leaves fall from the deciduous trees and be swept away by November gusts. But at least there's still one plant around in New England to enjoy as the year draws to a close: winterberry bushes. These shrubs, too, are deciduous. But in this case, that's a good thing.
That's because you can fully take in winterberry's great berry display only after the leaves have fallen off the plant. The leaves aren't especially attractive and just get in the way, restricting your view of those resplendent red fruits. So I say, "Fall, baby, fall!"
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