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?
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.
This message was edited Saturday, Jul 13th 7:54 PM
This message was edited Saturday, Jul 13th 7:56 PM
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.
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.
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.
This message was edited Saturday, Jul 13th 9:04 PM
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.