The Common Winterberry tree is sometimes called a shrub and it has the word "common" in it. However, it is anything but common. I would have it call it beautiful. It can grow up to 25 feet tall; however, it is more common for this small tree to be closer to 12-15 feet tall. The berries that stay on most of the year, are food for many species of wildlife; although, the berries are poisonous to humans. The leaves are deciduous; so in the winter, the identifying feature is the small red berries. The red berries usually have 6 seeds inside of them. This small tree is said to be one of the most beautiful trees in the Southern Appalachians all winter long.
Thank you, Fred, for this incredible image. http://www.flickr.com/photos/horticultural_art/