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Unread 07-13-2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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where I live (in Dutchess County, NY - near the CT & Mass borders)
we have these bush/trees that grow on the roadsides and along the edges of fields – I have a few growing along the edges of my back yard and I have no idea what they are… nobody else seems to know anything and I can’t seem to find any information about them online

my 2 year old niece spends a lot of time in our back yard and I’m just curious what kind of berries they are and worried if they could be harmful to her – or anybody else for that matter

the bushes appear to grow to at least 8 feet tall, they have round, bright red, semi-translucent berries which are approximately 1/4 – 7/16 of an inch – the berries have faint vertical stripes similar to that of a gooseberry, which are much more noticeable in the unripe berries

each berry seems to have approximately 4-8 seeds depending on the size of the berry – most of the berries seem to grow in conjoined pairs – each bush seems to produce A LOT of berries!!!

attached is a picture of a branch I broke off to get a better close-up shot (you can see the berries in varying degrees of ripeness and can sort of make out the translucentness of them as well as the vertical stripes)
also attached is a wide shot of the bush and one of the berries next to a penny to show size comparison

below is a place to see these images larger – any information I could get on this plant would be appreciated – thanks =)


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Unread 07-13-2006, 09:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: help with berry identification…

Looks like honeysuckle to me, but I'm not sure.
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Default Re: help with berry identification…

Looks like wild cherry tree. I found this site with a picture.You can probably compare them better.

http://www.danish-schnapps-recipes.com/cherry.html


Heres another scroll down to PIN CHERRY FRUIT


http://ontariowildflower.com/shrub.htm#honeysucklefly
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Unread 07-14-2006, 04:25 AM   #4
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Default Re: help with berry identification…

Heres what we call honeysuckles...I'm sure there are different kinds though.
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Yours is honeysuckle too. lol Here's what I was looking at:
http://images.google.com/images?q=ho...+berries&hl=en
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http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioima...a6-fr16767.jpg

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/fankhauser...s_Pa222099.jpg

http://thumb12.webshots.com/s/thumb4...2PLDPWu_th.jpg

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Default Re: help with berry identification…

wow you guys are awesome - thanks so much!!
I'm pretty sure they're honeysuckle bushes now... they don't have the same stems as the cherries seem to and they have several seeds per berry - everything I've read about the cherry says that they have a single pit

also they have somewhat fuzzy leaves without serrate edges and the bark is definitely more 'peely' looking

but there are so many kinds of honeysuckle I don't know which it is - and nothing I read seems to know whether they're edible or not - but hey it's a start hehehe

again thanks a bunch - this was a really big help!!
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that does look like a member of the Honeysuckle family. the Red Twinberry is what i think it is, but normaly they only grow at high elevations and in Wyoming, Utah and California. Look when the bush flowers and you may be able to tell what kind it is. If it is a White flower then Red Twinberry, yellow flowers it will be the Chaparral honeysuckle, pink or purple flowers and it is the California honeysuckle, Dark purple flowers is the Double honeysuckle.
In any case tho all the twin berry and honeysuckle berries are inedible and TOXIC. you should not eat them and most taste terrible anyway. I wouldnt worry too much about your kids eating some of them, the horrid taste will cause them to run for something to drink to wash away the bitter taste only to find out the taste will linger for hours afterwords. Watch for birds and see if they eat any of them, if it is a honeysuckle(twinberry)then even the crows and ravens will not touch them. Native Americans did use them for medicins on occasion. An infusion made from bark and berries was commonly used for cold sores, sore throats, skin infections and dressing wounds and burns. They would also crush the leaves and make a tea out of it to help the women of tribes get pregnant.
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It looks a Holly bush to me....I just purchased a small one...I don't know if the berries are poisonous.
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Thanks for those pictures !
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