Frangula caroliniana

Common Name:  Carolina Buckthorn

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Rhamnus caroliniana leavesyoungfruits.jpg (38787 bytes)
leaves and young fruits maturing fruits--in the Summer, the fruits turn bright red, but when they are fully ripened...
...they can range anywhere from red to black in color. closeup of fruits in late Summer
Rhamnus caroliniana venation.jpg (49847 bytes)
young leaf showing venation pattern typically seen in Rhamnaceae habit--Frangula caroliniana is usually a small to medium-sized tree