Unknown shrub from ann south carolina

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It is growing and apparently propagating through a root system that is actually thicker than the trunks and running through rocks! It is all over the west facing slope and growing about 7′ tall on a heavily wooded track at the creek and up the hill about 75′

Hi Ann,

sorry, I cannot determine what this shrub is from this picture.  I need close ups of the leaves at least, and, if possible, any flowers or fruits on it. A distance shot is not enough to allow me to identify this plant.  You may re-submit more photos if you wish.

I apologize for the delay in my reply. I had software issues that only now have been fixed. Thank you for your patience.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS


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