The Q&A Archives: Blueberry Shrub??

Question: I have a shrub in my yard which I think is a blueberry shrub. I have now watched it for a year, through all the seasons and it seemed to go through all the same flowering/fruit bearing stages that I would expect of a blueberry bush, and the end berries look exactly like blueberries. I am told, however, that there are some fruit bearing trees that are ornamental, look similar to their edible counterparts, but are posionous. I have two recent pictures of the tree - taken this month, in June, but can't figure out how to post them in this forum. If anyone thinks they can help me, I could send them in an email? If not, are you aware of any

Answer: Your plant could be cultivated blueberry, wild blueberry, or even salal. All have edible berries. However, there are some plants which produce similar berries (Viburnum, for instance) which are not considered edible. We can't accept photos through this website, but you might take the photos, plus a flowering stem of your plant to your local Cooperative Extension office, Master Gardener clinic, or well staffed nursery for positive identification. Once you know what your plant is, you will know whether or not you can bake a fresh blueberry pie. Hope you can!

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