SOLVED: Unknown bush

Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

This bush has been on the edge of our property since I moved here 12 years ago. This is the first time I've ever seen it put out berries though. It's about 4 foot tall and loses it's leaves in the winter. Any idea what it is?

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Newnan, GA(Zone 8a)

highbushcranberry viburnum??

Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

I was wondering if it was maybe some type of cranberry. I'll check that one out. Thanks

I don't think it's the high bush cranberry vibernum. What I just read about them says that the fruits are in clusters and hard and sour until frost. These fruits aren't really in clusters I don't think, and are soft.

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High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

url to support tiG ID ... http://www.ag.usask.ca/cofa/departments/hort/hortinfo/fruit/cranbery.html

Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

Thanks MaVieRose, what I read at that site said each fruit has one flattened seed. I'm going to go check and see if these have that. What's confusing is that the fruit is definitely ripe and soft now. Both places I've looked said the fruit doesn't get soft until after a frost.

Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

Yep, it has one slightly flattened seed in each berry. I picked a few, but still a little scared to taste them in case they are something else. LOL!

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

u're welcome Joan :). one site i read recommend it for some kind of herbal remedy of sort... http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/viereck/viereckhighbush.html

Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

Now I'm thinking the leaves look more like poison baneberry? Some of the fruits are in clusters, but on some branches,the fruit is single and growing out of the stem by a leaf. I think I'm going to treat it as a poisonous plant until I can possitively identify it.

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

here's more photo image ... http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=highbush+cranberry

Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

Looking closer at those pictures, I can definitely tell that the leaves on my bush are much different from the ones in the pictures. The ones in the pictures appear to be three-lobed, and the ones on my bush aren't. They are only a single.

P.S. I hope it doesn't appear that I'm trying to be difficult. I just want to make very sure that it's not a poisonous plant with poisonous berries. We have many animals and although our kids are growing up, we will have grandbabies running around someday.

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south central, WI(Zone 5a)

Joan, Check out Nanking cherry, I think that is what yours is or Hanson Bush cherry--they would be ripening now in your area. I think the Nanking has the more "pleated leaves than the Hanson- both are edible for people-if you can fight off the orioles, robins, catbirds etc.

south central, WI(Zone 5a)

Joan, check nanking cherry on Google and look at the 8th entry or www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/aginfo/trees I think you will find it there ( Hansons are tastier to me!!)

Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

I am almost sure now that it's a nanking cherry. I made this decision from this site. http://www.mpelectric.com/treebook/fact84.html

Thanks Marcia, MavieRose and tiG! If I'm still wrong, please correct me.

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