Understory Tree ID - keeps leaves in winter
This question is driving me crazy because I haven't been able to figure out a query for what should be an easy answer.
In the NE there is a deciduous tree/shrub that keeps its leaves until until new leaves begin growing in the spring. The plant seems to have a maximum height of 20 ft. The leaves do turn to a light brown tan color.
The tree is very common and noticeable in the winter woods.