What Type of Fruit Tree is This...and are the Fruit's Edible?

brioliOctober 2, 2008

Hi,

I'm in the southeastern United States, and discovered a tree growing close to the Savannah river. The tree is fairly tall, over 16 feet, and has fleshy raspberry like fruits ranging from orange to pinky-red in color. The pinky red fruits, which look ripe, are the color, shape, and texture of Raspberries. These fruits are a bit larger then a raspberry (about 2 times the size), and when squeezed, ooze a sap looking stuff and a milky white substance seems to be coming from the fruit or the stem. The fruit isn't shiny like red and black berries on Mulberry, Dooberry, plants...etc...it's frosted and fuzzy just like a raspberry, and soft ;).

The tree's leaves are tear-drop in shape.

Can someone please tell me what this is, and if it's fruits are edible? They sure look edible!

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brioli

Here is a link to a better photo of the tree :).

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    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 5:49PM
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brioli

Here is another one of the berries up close with the milky stuff.

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    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 5:51PM
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brioli

Fruit Tree Bark photo

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    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 5:52PM
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brioli

Link to Tree Height Photo

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    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 5:54PM
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carol23_gw

Perhaps Cornus kousa

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    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 5:54PM
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brioli

Best photo of FRUIT AND TREE :)

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    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 5:56PM
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brioli

No, not quite :). It's not Cornus kousa

The fruit doesn't hang from stems. I'm new to this, and messed up the picture links. Please see the below link for a REAL GOOD LOOK AT THE TREE :)

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    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 6:01PM
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gardenguru1950(SunsetZ16)

I'd guess Cudrania tricuspidata -- Cudrania, Chinese Mulberry, Che, Cudrang, Mandarin Melon Berry, Silkworm Thorn, Storehousebush.

Joe

    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 6:03PM
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brioli

This is very close to what it looks like, almost identical except the cluster of little bits in the fruit. The photo's of that tree show a wavy pattern, this one has a bubble pattern...kind of like the blackberry.

It's also full of milky white juice. Looks like milk. I couldn't find any reference on the net of the Cudrania tricuspidata having this milky white stuff inside. Any ideas? Anyone? I'm just dying to know for sure what this is :). Thanks everyone!

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    Bookmark   October 2, 2008 at 6:14PM
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njbiology

That is definitely Cudrania tricuspidata (che-berry; melonberry; storehousebush; etc.). It's in the Mulberry/Fig family. Edible fruits, etc. Does it seem to be on it's own roots, or grafted (if so, upon osage-orange, a relative).

Steve

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 2:44AM
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