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The bottom pic looks like it might be witchhazel.

I have a few ideas of what your top pic is, but still doubting myself.
 

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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:
 

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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>
 

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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?
 

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Looks like it could be one of the bush honeysuckles.

Autumn Olive does not have as bright a red berry and also has white speckling on the leaves and berries.
 

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Thank you RS. I was considering that possibility as well. The berries were definitely bright and smooth. Autumn olive berries look different to me.
 

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It's honey suckle, no doubt. It's considered invasive. The other is witch hazel, as you've already discovered.
 

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You are welcome. The invasive ones have a hollow stem (pith), the native ones have a solid pith.
 

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Honeysuckle for the first. We have it everywhere down here. The first to green up in the spring and last to lose their leaves in the fall. A super hardy bush. Can take over in very quickly.

Every March I do a cleaning of one of my hunting areas to keep the stuff under control.
 

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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
 
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