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Help Identifying a Type of Berry

Posted by martinkis none (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 7, 13 at 11:10

This is my first post so I hope that I am doing it right.

The other day I was walking on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta and I saw someone picking berries from a tree/bush. I asked him what they were and he said that they are related to blueberries and native to the south. Unfortunately I could not for the life of me understand what he called them even after asking him to repeat it three times (maybe because he was eating them as we were talking). I didn't want to annoy the guy so I just let it go.

Can somebody help identify this plant? The berries look and taste very similar to the blueberries I'd buy in a store, though the skin was a bit thicker.


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RE: Help Identifying a Type of Berry

A close up picture.

RE: Help Identifying a Type of Berry

Those are serviceberries (or Sarvisberry). A native small tree in the genus Amelanchier. Sometimes called Juneberry because they ripen in June. They are tasty, the birds like 'em; people used to make pies with them.

Good fall color too.

RE: Help Identifying a Type of Berry

Thank you so much for your help.

RE: Help Identifying a Type of Berry

In Georgia, I vote for Sparkle Berry Vaccinium arboreum .

Here is a link that might be useful: Sparkleberry

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