Leatherleaf Chamaedaphne calyculata
Family: Ericaceae (Heath)
Branching: Alternate / Semi-evergreen

Leatherleaf is a small (less than knee height) woody plant that is found in northern swamps and bogs.  It is "semi-evergreen" in that is often retains some leafs (though they become reddish-brown) during the winter.  Leatherleaf is usually single stalked, with the top of the stalk leaning to one side, with the leaves growing smaller as they near the top

Winter twig of Leatherleaf

Winter form, with retained leaves and fruit

View of the leafs.  The small dots are visible all winter

Fruit, often visible in the winter

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