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Please help me ID this plant :)

Posted by Rawria North Louisiana (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 11, 13 at 13:36

I found this tree along a walking trail that borders a small lake, in North Louisiana. There are quite a few around. They have pinkish fruit on the tree, but the ones on the ground range from bright blue to dark purple. I picked up a blue one and it gradually started turning purple where my fingers touched it. The tree also had something that resembled hops. The fruit had a white jelly-like interior and smelled sweet. Any ideas? :)

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RE: Please help me ID this plant :)

Ostrya virginica? Hop Hornbeam. The jelly like fruit are not from the same tree. The hop like things are the fruit of the tree.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hop Hornbeam

RE: Please help me ID this plant :)

Hmm, I'll have to go look at the tree again. I thought for sure the little fruits were attached to the same tree as the hop growths, which was why I was confused by this odd tree, but I will bring my glasses next time! Thank you :)

This post was edited by Rawria on Wed, Sep 11, 13 at 14:22

RE: Please help me ID this plant :)

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 11, 13 at 15:11

Two different plants intermixed.

RE: Please help me ID this plant :)

It is hard to say from the photos but it almost looks like a grape vine growing up the tree... If they are grapes, the color change may just be your finger oil on the powdery surface of the grape skin.

RE: Please help me ID this plant :)

Thanks y'all! I went back and it is hard to follow the branches back to a trunk, but the leaves next to the berries are slightly different than the hop tree. So, I'm not losing my mind, just my vision ha!

On a side note, I believe the purple fruit in the top picture is a muscadine grape? It came from under a separate hop tree that had a bigger tree towering over it with a vine covering it. I suppose coincidence that there are 2 different types of purpleish fruits next to each other, but the blueish ones had a mushy brown interior. Now to try and root a clipping of the grape vine! :D

Thanks again all! :)

RE: Please help me ID this plant :)

yep - just get the seeds from the grape. They grow fast.

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