Witch Hazel... I never would have thought of that. Thank you. I do believe that is it! As for the berries, I just cannot figure it out. I keep thinking I know what it is and then doubt myself as well. Here is another shot of them:
Yeah, I felt pretty good about the witchhazel. The autumn olive I don't see much down here. I typically see it when I'm up at camp and that's mostly in winter. I'm still sticking with autumn olive. Is it more of a bush?
<span style="font-style: italic">Hamamelis virginiana</span> and <span style="font-style: italic">Elaeagnus umbellata</span>
I'd say the trees/bushes were about 12x12... These were very smooth berries though and from what I'm seeing online, Autumn Olive berries have a little bit of a scaly texture to them? Maybe only when mature though?
Yeah Autumn olive berries won't redden up and be ripe till the fall and have a speckled scale to the berry and the leaf itself. I pick a bunch every fall after the first good frost and make fruit leather or just eat em as is they are very good