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May 25, 2016 3:08 PM CST
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Just bought this house in nashville, tn. Got a million of these berry bushes in on property. The leaves feel like wax. They look unripe right now.. My questions...

What is it? Can we eat them? If so, how will i know theyre ripe? If not, are they dangerous if my kids decide to try them?
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May 25, 2016 3:23 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
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This is one of the holly plants and those berries as far as I know are not edible. Birds like them, but you and your kids wouldn't.
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May 25, 2016 3:31 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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I agree, a Holly of some type and although some have berries that are edible to birds I don't know of any that are edible to humans.

Check out a few of these for comparison:
Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine)
Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana')
Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta)

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May 25, 2016 4:36 PM CST
Name: greene
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Depending on the size/weight of the child as few as 2 holly berries can be toxic. The berries can also harm pets. Please, please, please advise your children to never snack in the yard/garden without your permission. Thank You!
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