white baneberry and red osier, same plant?

garden_witch(z6a MI)July 26, 2004

At a friends farm, I noticed a shrub with berries very much like white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda.) He called the shrub 'red osier.' Is this the same, or a totally different plant?

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froggy(z4/5 WI)

diff where i come from.





    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 6:45PM
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garden_witch(z6a MI)

Thanx for the links froggy =) Since berries are very similar, (main reason I have been wanting baneberry) might go dig up some of the osier anyway!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 7:09PM
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The baneberry will stay as a smallish plant and will make more through seeding. The red osier is a shrub or small tree which will spread and grow larger, and may overtake plants near it. It likes damp and ditches, though it will survive without them. It likes sun, where the baneberry seems to prefer some shade, at least.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2004 at 5:22PM
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Posie(z3 MN)

There is also a Red Baneberry which has bright red berries and the berries are listed as being toxic.It grows wild in my area.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 10:16PM
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