I have two locations on my place where I see these. They grow on higher rocky ground with some filtered light. I have provided as many pics as I could think of. The one of the bark came out blurry - sorry. They grow in a clump form and these are about 6 feet tall of so. The deer seem to like them to some extent, but they don't seem to hammer them. I though the "seed pod" things may help ID it as well.