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Posted by wunderpit CA (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 11, 14 at 16:29

This twig was pulled from a roughly 10ft tree in my backyard. Every so often these purple looking "berries" (even though I swear they are not) grow. I tried searching every keyword I could think of online.

The only reason that I think that it may be something edible is that the original owner of the home lined up the entire back yard with edibles: peach, lemon, pomegranate, fig�and then this one. No idea!!


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They maybe huckleberries all berries turn so can't see bottom berry check image link see if bottoms are same.

Here is a link that might be useful: Huckleberry.


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They don't look like huckleberries in person. They almost have a "point" at end of the berry…I'm calling it a berry because it looks kind of like it. Any other ideas??


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  • Posted by murky z8f pnw Portlan (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 11, 14 at 20:20

They look like cascara to me.


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India (now usually "Indian") Hawthorn, Rhaphiolepis indica.

The berries can be used for jam.


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Just from looking at pictures and not from experience I have to agree with Murky, but I want a little clarification: there is something about the plant that reminds me of the heath family and of kinnikinnik- maybe the pointy tips on the lower leaves, and the nature of the unopened flower buds?


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  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 12, 14 at 13:00

It's not Prunus caroliniana?

Here is a link that might be useful: prunus caroliniana


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Thanks for all of the responses! Awesome! Going in order and comparing what I find on Google:

- The leaves on the Cascara have distinct "lines" that are not on this tree. Also, the leaf shape seems more rounded on Cascara, and the berries are NEVER red.

-The Indian Hawthorn is very bushy, what I have is a tree, and the blooms are not pink.

- Prunus Caroliniana (Cherry Laurel) looks closest, which they say is highly toxic…(read below)

Side note: My dog was eating the fallen berries, which is what prompted the original post! He's just fine, and it has been days. I am adding a few more pictures. If it's a Cherry Laurel, I'll have to remove it.

Thank you for any more input!


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Could you locate the original owner and ask him?
Northwoodswis


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If you're still not sure, I'd post your pics on the Name That Plant! forum. Seems like there are alot of people there just waiting for a new one to come in. Probably someone from Cal there too. If so, let us know the outcome here. It may be an ornamental.


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You could email the photos to the county extension office and they surely should know.


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Many private nurseries can also tell you what it is.


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Looks like Privet to me. Ligustrum japonicum. It can grow into a tree if not hedged like everyone does.


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