This native shrub grows up to 5 feet tall (A). It often spreads from its roots to form large colonies. Its elliptic leaves are opposite on straight twigs. The greenish flower clusters hang from the leaf nodes (B,C). Its spherical fruit ripens by late September to form clusters of coral-colored berries (D,E). Where not grazed by deer in the fall, the fruit may be seen well into winter.
Grows in upland and floodplain woods, flowering in July and August. In Fontenelle Forest, common along Hidden Lake Trail, for instance. At Neale Woods, common along History Trail.
Also known a Buckbrush.
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