Tree/shrub with berries

dfaustclancyAugust 6, 2014

This tree/shrub grows in central Massachusetts, along a boggy pond on our property. It is in a very wet situation and is definately a wild deciduous plant. It has grown up to 20+ feet. Birdies like the berries, so I haven't removed all of them -- yet!

In the New England forum some of the guesses have been:

--arrowwood viburnum (I don't think its this.)
--silky dogwood (doubt it)
--glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus - used to be Rhamnus frangula) VERY good possibility that it IS buckthorn

Any experts out there? Also, how to control methods. Thanks for your attention/responses.

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Are the leaves opposite one another? They appear alternate, but not sure if some got dropped off.

Viburnum and dogwood have opposite leaf arrangement. Frangula has alternate leaves.

That's an easy way to rule some choices.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:01AM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Definitely Frangula alnus. The veins are straighter than those of dogwood. The reddish petioles also help pin it down, plus the shiny black fruit. Best way to control is cut stems and treat with herbicide, also known as "cut and paint". Late summer and fall is a good time to do it.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:05AM
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Will be cuttn and paintin come October! Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:32AM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Note the speckled stems now. Will help to distinguish it from dogwood later on. Might also want to check the area now for speckled alder as it will look similar in the fall.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 12:42PM
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