Plant ID forum: Hi People, I need an ID on this red fruit(berry??)

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yav
Aug 20, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Hi people,

I saw this red fruit(berry??) in our local park. It has a sour but sweet taste for the ripe ones. It has a seed in the middle that is smaller in proportion to a cherry seed.

I think it is a tree because it has very high branches. I actually couldnt see the trunk to ascertain if it is actually a tree.

My mom thinks its a cranberry, but it doesnt have a white centre. I think it might be a lingonberry, but I am not sure, as I think they should be small bushes.

I want to know if it is something that can be safely eaten (because I liked/loved the taste!!)

Thank You!

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Name: greene
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greene
Aug 20, 2017 12:52 PM CST
This is not an answer to your question but, number one, if the plant is growing in a public park, no one should pick the fruit. And number two, never...never put anything into your mouth unless and until you have a positive identification. You could get sick plus, since the plant is not in your yard, the plant may have been sprayed with something toxic such as insecticides.

I am happy that you have not died from tasting the fruits and hope someone can give you a positive identification.
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sooby
Aug 20, 2017 1:02 PM CST
Welcome!

I was going to say the same as greene, one would hope that it wouldn't be something toxic in a public park but just to be on the safe side it's not a good idea to taste something without knowing for sure it is edible.

It isn't a cranberry or lingonberry. I'm not sure what it is, I wonder from the look of it if it is in the Ericaceae family.
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krobra
Aug 20, 2017 1:08 PM CST
it is a dogwood
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Name: greene
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greene
Aug 20, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Possibly Cornus mas?
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sooby
Aug 20, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Cornus would explain the opposite leaves. Cornus mas would seem to fit:

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