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Northern VA (Zone 7a)
Sep 22, 2021 6:51 PM CST
Sep 22, 2021 7:15 PM CST
|Cornus (dogwood). The fruit is edible.|
Sep 22, 2021 7:46 PM CST
|And more specifically, Cornus kousa - Kousa or Japanese Dogwood.
While edible, these are not always tasty. One noted horticultural author says a Snickers bar is always better.
In my experience, they can be sweet when fully ripe - but they always have a bunch of small seeds and the pulp is pretty mealy. I would wash them just to remove anything on the skin that may have settled there, and cutting them into pieces so you can see what you are trying is always a good plan. Then, decide for yourself what your tolerance level is.
The singular fruit you've shown appears to not be quite ripe. It should get to a darker red, and become soft when squeezed. If there are a lot of them, you can probably wait till they all start getting darker. If you only see one, then you may have competition from birds, squirrels, or raccoons for that treat.
You are likely to encounter Kousa Dogwood pretty frequently in northern Virginia. It is a common landscape plant, since it resists many of the maladies that regularly beset the native Cornus florida.
If you want to knock your socks off, drop in at the State Arboretum of Virginia in Boyce - where this modest specimen hangs out...
Sep 22, 2021 8:16 PM CST
|I agree, a variety of Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) with seed pods.
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