Yesterday on a visit to Longwood I came across this extraordinary sight. Looked a bit like beautyberry but it's the wrong color. Could it be a holly? Actually, it's a very early-fruiting winterberry, according to Casey Sclar, the new executive director of the American Public Gardens Association, which is HQ'd in a Longwood house. (For 15 years, until this past June, Casey was Longwood's IPM guy.)
He wasn't sure of the variety of this winterberry, which was one of several outside the APGA house, but said it has a Longwood plant tag on it dating to the 1950s. Talk about early! They ought to call it FALLberry.