At this time of the year don’t be alarmed if some of the canes of your youngberry are dying off and turning brown and brittle. These will be the canes which fruited in the season just past, and it is normal for them to die. Just pull them away, carefully and wearing gloves of course. Don’t cut back the remaining green and living canes, because they will be the ones to provide next season’s fruit. Also, don’t be alarmed when your plant drops its leaves. These plants are related to the rose and the strawberry, and drop leaves and go dormant in winter. This is one reason why these plants are able to live near a fence that runs from east to west, under shade in the winter and sun in the summer. The winter shade doesn’t seem to bother them, because they are dormant in winter.