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Sunday - December 27, 2015

From: Midway, AR
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification, Shrubs
Title: What is the bush that has very bright red berries in the fall/winter and no leaves?
Answered by: Guy Thompson

QUESTION:

What is the name of the bush that has very bright red berries in the fall/winter and no leaves? I am familiar with amour honeysuckle, and I'm sure that it is not that.

ANSWER:

I feel pretty certain that the plant you ask about is Ilex decidua (Possumhaw).  I show below several images of Possumhaw from our Native Plant Database to show its appearance at different times of the year.

 

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Possumhaw
Ilex decidua

Possumhaw
Ilex decidua

Possumhaw
Ilex decidua

Possumhaw
Ilex decidua

Possumhaw
Ilex decidua

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