Happy March Mystery Monday! Today, our eyes turn to a mysterious leafy structure hanging from a sweetbay magnolia in the wetland. Do you know what it is?
The answer to last week’s frozen fruit mystery is red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia). Red chokeberry is a native shrub that has beautiful blooms in spring and stunning red fruits in the fall. The fruits remain throughout the winter and serve as a useful winter food source. Red chokeberry can withstand wet conditions and will sucker forming a colony.