redberry Rhamnaceae Rhamnus crocea
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, oval, 1/4 to 3/4 inch long, fine, spiny teeth (holly-like, occasionally entire), leathery, shiny green above, slightly lighter below.
Flower:Species is dioecious; small, yellow-green, 4 triangular sepals, small cluster bloom from leaf axils in mid-spring.
Fruit:Shiny, bright red, round drupe, 1/3 inch in diameter, ripen in summer.
Twig:Slender and stiff, red when young but turning gray, often end in a stiff, "thorn-like" twig; buds small, scaly.
Bark:Smooth gray, becomes shallowly fissured and rough on large specimens.
Form:Sprawling dense shrub up to 10 feet tall but usually much less.