Berries!

cobravenomDecember 1, 2013

I am curious as to what these are. I have searched the net (which more often than not proves worthless) for nearly 2 hours now with no luck. They are short and grow in groups.

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cobravenom

Another photo to show them from a different angle

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 3:38PM
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molanic(Zone 5 IL)

Just based on color my guess would be beautyberry. It is kind of hard to tell how the berries are arranged on the stems, but it looks about right to me. Just a guess.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 4:47PM
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esh_ga

Compare to coralberry, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 8:23PM
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NKUSigEp(6)

Coralberry or maybe Beautyberry.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 3:58PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

This is Coralberry, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus. Not Beautyberry, Callicarpa sp.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 5:06PM
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dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))

I always thought they were the same thing Flora. Can you describe the difference? I live in Z3b and would like to have one or both of them.
Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 9:16PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I can't 'describe' the differences as I am not a botanist. To me they look different in the same way a cow and a horse look different but if you try to pin down the differences in lay persons' terms it is not easy. One characteristic would be that the Callicarpa does not have a remnant of the flower calyx visible at the end of the berry. They are different species with different botanical characteristics and that's all there is to it. If you look up the two species names I gave you will see that they are completely different plants. Maybe it is the similarity in the common names which causes the confusion.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 10:13AM
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dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))

Thanks for the analogy Flora(or is it Floral?). I have had Coralberry at my previous residence and found it to be very UN-exciting. It would not grow as a hedge(it likes to roam around too much), stems grow very unevenly, and berries way too small to be effective. But I'm going to find some plants again this year to keep all the Snowberry company in a new and wilder place.
Sorry to hijack this post.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 7:06PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Not hijacking at all - a logical continuation of the discussion imo.

It used to be Flora but then suddenly my login stopped working so I had to reinvent myself and added an 'L'.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 3:25PM
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clarkinks(5b)

They look like buck brush that grows in the woods here in Kansas to me.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 6:30AM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

dandy_line, sorry to say that beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) will not survive in your zone 3b. It's too cold :(
Too bad, as beautyberry is one of my favorite shrubs and I have many plants.(dozens).

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 8:49PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Clark, that is 'buck brush'. I also knew it by that name.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 10:14AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

The pattern of berries on the stem is fairly different, if this pic of coralberry is typical. Beautyberry looks like purple balls with more space between them, and evenly spaced on the stem, until you get close enough to see the individual berries. The berries are smooth. This straggly plant doesn't show the pattern of berries well, but I think the smoothness of them can be seen.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 3:55PM
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