What berry tree is this?

ohitsallamaJuly 16, 2008

There is a small tree growing in my yard that produces these red berries. They have sort of a speckled/frosted look to them. It is fruiting right now. Can anyone tell me what it is? I have provided a link below to a photo.

The birds love it. (mockingbirds, robins, and cardinals... even squirrels seem to like the fruit.

http://www.geocities.com/ohitsallama/berry1.jpg

Here is a link that might be useful:

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sam_md

Autumn Olive or Elaeagnus umbellata an introduced Asian weed. We see them by the zillions in abandoned lots, trash heaps and waste areas.
Sam

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 9:15PM
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ohitsallama

Thanks very much. I read that it is considered invasive. I rent and found it in my yard this summer in a somewhat forgotten corner. Would you recommend getting rid of it?? It's not really my property per say.... is it really harmful or just adaptable?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 12:03AM
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wild_forager

Autumn Olvie if you ask me. First, eat the berries (after positive identification). Then get rid of it. They taste quite good, especially baked with pork chops and apples!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 8:45AM
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ladyslppr(z6 PA)

Autumn Olive, and the related Russian Olive, are both very invasive. If you have one in the yard there are probably thousands of others in the area. That means that removing your one bush wouldn't make a whole lot of difference and might not be worth the hassle since you don't own the yard. On the other hand, one bush is a small step in the right direction, and if I was you I'd remove it. It almost certainly grew there on its own so the owner won't mind or even realize it is gone. the berries are edible and sort of tasty. i think they are better later in the year, even after the first frost.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 10:08PM
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