Nine-bark Physocarpus opulifolius
Family: Rosaceae (Rose)
Branching: Alternate

This multi-stemmed shrub is best identified by its reddish peeling bark, and fruit clusters.  It often grows in wet soils and in thick groves.  

Winter twig.

End bud

The diagnostic peeling bark, revealing the smooth reddish bark

Lateral bud.  Often the young twigs have vertical ridges

Young bark beginning to peel

Fruit cluster.  Often remains all winter.

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