Winterberry Ilex verticillata
Family: Aquifoliaceae (Holly)
Other names: Black Alder
Winterberry is actually a member of the holly group, though unlike most
of the others, it is deciduous. It's found mainly in wet, swampy
areas. It's reddish berries often remain on the branches through
the winter, hence the name. Like other members of the holly
genus, there are two small "stipules" on either side of the leaf scar.
These can be seen on the pictures here if you click for the
Winter twig of Winterberry. The berry in the background is also Winterberry
View of the end bud and lateral buds. The stipules can be seen on the full-size picture.
Closeup of a bud and leaf scar. There is one bundle (vein) scar inside the leaf scar.
Another view of the winter twig
Laterl buds and leaf scars
The namesake "winter berries"
Leaf of Winterberry (they are deciduous)
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