Help with identifying

wunderpit(9)February 11, 2014

This twig was pulled from a roughly 10ft tree in my backyard. Every so often these purple looking "berries" (even though I swear they are not) grow. I tried searching every keyword I could think of online.

The only reason that I think that it may be something edible is that the original owner of the home lined up the entire back yard with edibles: peach, lemon, pomegranate, fig�and then this one. No idea!!

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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

They maybe huckleberries all berries turn so can't see bottom berry check image link see if bottoms are same.

Here is a link that might be useful: Huckleberry.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 7:24PM
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wunderpit(9)

They don't look like huckleberries in person. They almost have a "point" at end of the berryâ¦I'm calling it a berry because it looks kind of like it. Any other ideas??

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 8:02PM
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murkwell

They look like cascara to me.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 8:20PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

India (now usually "Indian") Hawthorn, Rhaphiolepis indica.

The berries can be used for jam.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 9:24PM
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marknmt

Just from looking at pictures and not from experience I have to agree with Murky, but I want a little clarification: there is something about the plant that reminds me of the heath family and of kinnikinnik- maybe the pointy tips on the lower leaves, and the nature of the unopened flower buds?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 10:20PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

It's not Prunus caroliniana?

Here is a link that might be useful: prunus caroliniana

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 1:00PM
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wunderpit(9)

Thanks for all of the responses! Awesome! Going in order and comparing what I find on Google:

- The leaves on the Cascara have distinct "lines" that are not on this tree. Also, the leaf shape seems more rounded on Cascara, and the berries are NEVER red.

-The Indian Hawthorn is very bushy, what I have is a tree, and the blooms are not pink.

- Prunus Caroliniana (Cherry Laurel) looks closest, which they say is highly toxicâ¦(read below)

Side note: My dog was eating the fallen berries, which is what prompted the original post! He's just fine, and it has been days. I am adding a few more pictures. If it's a Cherry Laurel, I'll have to remove it.

Thank you for any more input!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 3:41PM
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wunderpit(9)

Another

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 3:42PM
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wunderpit(9)

And lastly...

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 3:43PM
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northwoodswis4

Could you locate the original owner and ask him?
Northwoodswis

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 2:16AM
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dave_f1 SC, USDA Zone 8a(7b)

If you're still not sure, I'd post your pics on the Name That Plant! forum. Seems like there are alot of people there just waiting for a new one to come in. Probably someone from Cal there too. If so, let us know the outcome here. It may be an ornamental.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 9:39AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

You could email the photos to the county extension office and they surely should know.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 1:12AM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

Many private nurseries can also tell you what it is.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 10:39AM
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Voyage034(USDA 10a Sunset 23)

Looks like Privet to me. Ligustrum japonicum. It can grow into a tree if not hedged like everyone does.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 11:53AM
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