Plant ID forum: What's This Tree/Shrub?

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Raddyl
Jan 26, 2018 12:25 PM CST
I see this a lot (in clearings in a cedar forest)The berries are roughly a size between wild grape and wild juniper. They are dark black/purple. The specimen itself is maybe 7/8 ft tall in this picture.

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 26, 2018 1:08 PM CST
Buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica?

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DaisyI
Jan 26, 2018 3:52 PM CST
I don't suppose you opened one up to see what was inside?
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Raddyl
Jan 26, 2018 8:13 PM CST
I did not (I read afterwards that a buckthorn will be yellow inside). A task for the next outting!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 27, 2018 8:28 AM CST
I looked inside a common buckthorn fruit here this morning and it is not yellow inside, but that may be because after weeks of mostly below freezing weather they have shriveled and "freeze dried" to some extent.

A better way to identify it (it's very common in Ontario, actually a problem weed) is to look at the terminal (end buds). On most/many twigs there will be two buds side by side with a thorn in the middle. As mentioned in the link I gave earlier, the buds kind of turn inwards, rather like a deer hoofprint hence the name buckthorn. I just took this picture to illustrate:

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Raddyl
Jan 27, 2018 6:40 PM CST
Thank you so much, what a clear answer. I was not sure if maybe there is the European version that may differ, but clearly your method is the best to check. I will be visiting the spot tomorrow and I will do the test!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 27, 2018 7:09 PM CST
Rhamnus cathartica is European. If the one you find doesn't match it then maybe you can take a pic of a typical terminal bud on the one you have there.
Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Jan 27, 2018 8:55 PM CST
I would have no question that this is a Rhamnus sp., and undoubtedly one of the invasive species such as have been mentioned.

John

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