Here’s a shrub that’s more interesting when its leaves are gone. This is from a broken branch in the back yard of the LaRowe property in Morenci. Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana contorta) looks like a mass of twisting snakes. The flowers are catkins that are now drying and about read to spread seed.
The name comes from the Scottish performer who used a crooked branch for a cane. It’s also known as corkscrew filbert and contorted hazelnut. Corkscrew is an apt description, probably better than snakes.