SOLVED: ID please

Norwalk, CT

This three-like shrub is close to a house. As my daughter moved there after it flowered, we don't know what it is. The newly red berries are in small clusters (5 or 6) at the base of each branch, and until closer inspection, we thought they were more sparse--so it appears the birds like them. The branches in the photo are about 1/2" in diameter. The leaves are 2" long and somewhat shiny (not at all velvety). It's not a shrub we've ever seen--but then the plantings around the home were 1950s, 60s, and onward. Thanks!

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Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Maybe Elaeagnus umbellata.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Agree completely with Elly Agnes...what a pest!

The "somewhat shiny" characteristic comes from the structural scales found on ALL parts of this plant: leaves, buds, stems, fruit, etc. Very distinctive and positive ID character.

Norwalk, CT

Thanks so much! No need to encourage or keep it, for sure. I did recognize its everyday name--possibly from my childhood-- and in a colder zone.

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