Plant ID forum: Unknown Berry I.D.

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Name: Vicki
Franklin Co, KY (Zone 6b)
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VickiW
Oct 13, 2013 2:09 PM CST
These unknown berries keep appearing in my yard but I don't have any plant that produces them. I think the birds may be bringing them in, the area near the feeders is where I seem to find most of them. If you break them open, there is a single seed inside. I'd like to find out what they are because I have 3 dogs and am afraid they may be poisonous. I've done several searches online and the closest thing I can find is the fruit of the Flowering Dogwood but I'm just not certain. Thanks for your help!


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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 13, 2013 2:19 PM CST
I really don't know what tree it's from but it doesn't look like fruit of Kousa (Dogwood), it reminds me more of Malus (Crabapple). Hopefully someone will recognize it and be able to give you an exact ID.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Oct 13, 2013 2:42 PM CST
They also look like the berries of Hawthorn Lavell. Look at the pictures on the data base. They may be it or another Hawthorn.....If you squeeze them they smell a little like an apple,
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Oct 13, 2013 2:57 PM CST
They look look the berries on my dogwood here.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 13, 2013 3:40 PM CST
I'm glad someone else came along with suggestions because I didn't really have a clue.

Crataegus x lavallei: Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli)

Japanese Dogwood: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
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Name: Vicki
Franklin Co, KY (Zone 6b)
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VickiW
Oct 13, 2013 3:46 PM CST
Thanks folks Smiling They look more oval in shape than any of the Hawthorn berry photos and I'm not noticing any apple like smell. They're very smooth and shiny. I'm going to see if I can find any more info on the dogwood berries. I was looking around and several neighbors have them in their yards.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 13, 2013 4:01 PM CST
That's your best bet ... probably came from a neighbor's tree. Is there a tree from a neighboring property possibly hanging over in your yard where the fruits were found?
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Name: Vicki
Franklin Co, KY (Zone 6b)
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VickiW
Oct 13, 2013 5:11 PM CST
None hanging over, none even close my fence, that's what has been so strange about it. I'm still wondering if it's the birds bringing them over, I have a lot of birds.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 13, 2013 5:26 PM CST
Could be birds but I wonder why they'd take them from one garden and distribute them elsewhere ... they don't look to have been eaten or even chewed on by a night critter.
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Oct 13, 2013 8:45 PM CST
Certainly not Cornus kousa, but it looks like a perfect match of Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood).

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 14, 2013 8:43 AM CST
Great eye Rick R!

Vicki: Scroll down this page in our database for more great pic's of the fruits of: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
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Name: Vicki
Franklin Co, KY (Zone 6b)
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VickiW
Oct 14, 2013 10:58 AM CST
That is definitely what they are. The house next door is vacant so I went over and looked at their dogwood, found the same berries on the ground underneath the tree. Thanks a bunch everyone :)

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