is this elderberry? How do I post more than one pic?

jeanwedding(6 ky)September 27, 2012

On edge of property near ditch.....Is this an elderberry???

The "berries are more darker today.... course there are other trees and weeds etc around it....

Today berries are darker.....like purple dark purple

Hoping I can eat them.....Crossing my fingers...

Thanks

Jean

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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

You can post more than one picture by uploading your pictures to photobucket or flickr or another similar site. Then you paste the links to those pictures in your post.

In photobucket you choose, "share", then, "get link code", then select, "IMG for bulletin boards & forums". Copy and paste that into the message box here. You can choose Full size or Clickable thumbnail.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 7:58PM
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glib(5.5)

The berries, when ripe, should be really dark. It is elderberry IMHO, but to make sure, if you can break one of the canes/branches, inside it has an easily identifiable corky wood with empty space. Not all elderberry are great eating, my wild ones tend to be bitter for example.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 8:37PM
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malusmaven

Looks more like winter berry - Ilex verticillata

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 11:28PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

It definitely 100% is NOT elderberry.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 7:29AM
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windfall_rob(vt4)

agreed, NOT elderberry. Berry clusters and leaf groupings are wrong

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 7:51AM
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lucky_p

Definitely NOT elderberry.
You've missed elderberry season by at least a month here in KY - the fruits are long gone, but you might still be able to acquaint yourself with the plant's habit, leaf morphology - and some will likely still be carrying the stems of their now depleted fruit clusters - plan for next year.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 8:06AM
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dallasfruitgrower

That does not look like elderberry to me.

Here are some photos of what american elderberry look like in bloom and with fruit:

http://dallasfruitgrower.typepad.com/dallas-fruit-vegetable/2012/07/elderberries.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Dallas Fruit Grower - elderberry

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 8:17AM
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lucky_p

The berries in your photo look somewhat like Autumn Olive (Eleagnus umbellata), but the leaves not quite so much... more suggestive of the Ilex verticillata mentioned earlier, but the shady conditions may not be demonstrating the fairly prominent silvery undersides.

If it is AO, the berries are pretty tasty when fully ripe; underripe, they're tarts and may still have some slight astringency. It's maligned as an invasive - and that may be the case - but the fruits are high in lycopene, and make a tasty jelly/jam. I've done some AO vodka infusions, and while they don't lend any red color to the end product, they do confer a nice flavor (and you can still use the vodka-infused fruit in smoothies 8>).

Here is a link that might be useful: Autumn Olive

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 11:50AM
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beetle_doc

Looks like Rhamnus frangula, a native buckthorn, to me.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 12:48PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

One more for NOT elderberry. Although there is a pinnate leaf to the right, it does not belong to the berries in the picture.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 1:09PM
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jollyrd(Richmond VA)

my first - very inexperienced- thought was Nandina bush ?

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 5:24PM
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larry_gene

No, not nandina.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 11:20PM
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jeanwedding(6 ky)

could that be poison sumac I unwrapped around it?
Thanks yall
Jean

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 5:16PM
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malusmaven

Beetle was on right track- specifically Corolina buckthorn - Frangula Carolinia

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 12:09PM
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