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Trying to identify this tree with red berries and ovate leaves

Cranberry    Eastern Ontario

The other day I found a shrub with some very succulent-looking berries, but haven't been able to identify the shrub yet. The berries look somewhat like currants or potentially highbush cranberries, but the shrub has a very different leaf type. I'm not entirely sure that they're edible, but I'm hoping they are.

Any clues or information you can share would be much appreciated.


Posted by: Peter Raaymakers (2 points) Peter Raaymakers
Posted: July 30, 2013




Answers

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Chokecherry. Prunus virginiana
Edible, but very tannic, makes your teeth feel squeaky and tongue dry. Best cooked into jelly or made into wine. Highbush cranberries grow on a wide panicle, not down a long stem. These look almost ripe - they should be ready in a few days when they are dark red.


Posted by: courtney (3 points) courtney
Posted: July 30, 2013


Peter Raaymakers commented,
Thanks very much! This answer also clears up my question about another nearby berry bush, which I'd thought was chokecherry but most certainly is not.
over 6 years ago.



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