I'm not sure what type of shrub this is, but it has beautiful reddish clusters of buds this winter. I took a short three-hour seminar several years ago on "winter gardening" and it was quite an eye opener. Plants don't flower, or even thrive, during the winter months in New England, but many shrubs and ornamental grasses have gorgeous winter foliage or limb color and structure. There are Witch Hazels with bright red or yellow limbs, not necessarily apparent in the warmer months. Several ornamental grasses keep their colors and flower stems during winter and can add depth and structure to a yard even in the snow. Evergreens come in hundreds of colors and shapes and their foliage adds color and depth all year 'round. Many spring shrubs set their buds in the fall, such as Rhododendrons, and whatever this one is, lol. The color and texture of the leaves and buds is very striking when you see it in person.
• For an interesting essay on winter gardening, click here.