What plant is that?

Click on photo below to view larger image Winterberry
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2009

The bright red berries of this shrub bring cheer to the swamps and wetlands of RhodeIsland during the short and often dreary days of autumn. The berries persist into winter and provide food for many species of birds and animals. Unlike some of its “cousins” in this genus, the leaves of this shrub are deciduous.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
 
Ilex verticillata
Common Name:
  Winterberry
Family:
  Aquifoliaceae (Holly family)
Habitat:
  Swamps and wetlands
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