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04-07-2011, 18:01
Walking home i found this tree and was wondering whether its berries are edible.

The leafs have quite a plasticy feel and their stems are dark red in colour with knobbly brown bark on the branches.
I did spend a bit of time researching but didn't manage to put anything up.

Top side leaf.

Bottom side leaf.


Cheers, Jaime

The Big Lebowski
04-07-2011, 18:15
Looks like a cherry tree (the bark 'usually' has sideways stripes)...
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://phillipsgarden.files.wordpress .com/2008/11/winter_amurcherry.jpg&imgrefurl=http://phillipsgarden.wordpress.com/page/5/&usg=__lit3zp8ezvkr2Wcrmk1hKOzk UuM=&h=500&w=800&sz=229&hl=en&start=137&sig2=xuHtUMG4Sh46SWCnSEdHQA&zoom=1&tbnid=1ywEIcz2nKyCVM:&tbnh=157&tbnw=230&ei=z_URTrueHsbMtAaM7JnPDg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dcherry%2Btree%2Bb ark%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.micr osoft:en-gb:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7ADFA_en%2 6biw%3D1440%26bih%3D703%26tbm% 3Disch&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=375&page=7&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:137&tx=212&ty=54

But I dont have my book on me (work) so its just an obsevation. Wait for confirmation.
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://images.flowers.vg/1024x768/leaf-cherry.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.flowers.vg/flowers/leaf-cherry.htm&usg=__pml27MTFAt0tvTpZu9D-qzJpUXY=&h=768&w=1024&sz=105&hl=en&start=0&sig2=J8Q4Huv4-76_5WxfQrpDxg&zoom=1&tbnid=sU7LrpkAEHzynM:&tbnh=172&tbnw=229&ei=2fQRToqPJ4_EsgaV8ryIDw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dcherry%2Bleaf%26h l%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dcom.mi crosoft:en-gb:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7ADFA_en%2 6biw%3D1440%26bih%3D703%26tbm% 3Disch%26prmd%3Divns&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=628&vpy=213&dur=1453&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=161&ty=108&page=1&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:0&biw=1440&bih=703

Some ripe larger one's are quite nice... But the smaller fruits are ether good, or make your gums curl.


04-07-2011, 18:19
I was thinking Wild Cherry (Prunus avium)

04-07-2011, 18:26
I did come across the cherry tree but this tree was no where near as tall (20-24 ft) as a cherry tree and the berries didn't seem to hang the same.
The leaf is very similar though.

Also thought Buckthorn could be a possibility but as with every berry you have to 100% identify it before eating.

04-07-2011, 18:32
Those are cherries. Eat them all up. They tree may have been small but they all have to start small.

Edit: Just in case you get ill, you shouldn't always do what I tell you to do. :)

The Big Lebowski
04-07-2011, 18:34
Have a look at the bark next time... Cherry tree's (if thats what above is from) is pretty easy to ID. The bark is very distinctive!

What sort of area was it growing? Its not uncommon for ornamental tree's to be dotted around streets ect. I have loads by me, but in amongst them are two large black cherry tree's (like you would expect from a fruit shop). They taste superb and have fallen victim to a huge cherry and elderflower cheesecake and also a litre of cherry brandy thats nearly ready :)


04-07-2011, 18:40
Ok, will do, cheers for your help guys. I guess eating one wont hurt me just to see if there's a reaction.

04-07-2011, 19:04
Yeah, it was on a patch of grass next to a hawthorn by the side of the road (sub-urban area) about a 2 min walk away.

Also they had red glands on them like the wild cherry so im 90% sure it a cherry tree


A cheesecake does sound very tasty, i mite have to look up a recipe.

04-07-2011, 20:04
They are definitely cherries.