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Can anyone help me to identify this shrub/tree please?
Sun 23-Oct-11
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Looking through my books, I think it's a chokeberry. There are three shrubs/trees about 10 feet tall. If it is I look forward to making some jams and pies as the trees are loaded with berries. But I won't try anything until someone can tell me if I'm right, don't want to poison the "other" half!

Sun 23-Oct-11
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Don't know how I managed to get two pictures, but hey ho, the more the merrier!  embarassed

Sun 23-Oct-11
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just googled it and it does look like chokeberry but might be best to wait for an expert to replywave

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Sun 23-Oct-11
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Thanks Aly I will!smile

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Where is Kate when we need her?  I'm sure she will know.  Anyway, if you don't get an answer today, I'm sure you will soon.  Welcome aboard by the way!

I'll try that again!

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Thanks Toffeeapple, I've been hovvering around for quite a while and finally took the plunge! wave

Mon 24-Oct-11
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Here I am TA!

I'm not convinced they are Chokeberries.

Firstly, they are an American shrub species, so unless these have been planted/are garden escapes, you are fairly unlikely to find them growing wild in the UK. Secondly, chokeberries have rather nice little star-like  indentations on their bottoms around the remains of the flower- these berries don't appear to have those.. they tend to be on longer, usually reddish,stems in clusters, these appear to be on very short stems..where were they growing?

I'm now wondering what else they might be...I'll be back!

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Mon 24-Oct-11
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Thanks for that Kate! I thought you'd be the best person to ask.  

Linda, you'll enjoy yourself here but be prepared to spend a lot of time here.

I'll try that again!

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Welcome Linda, sorry I can't answer your question but I see Kate is online now so maybe she can.

Good luck with it.    See you around.....wave

 

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Mon 24-Oct-11
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My first thought was Buckthorn- that is what it looks like to me and is most likely to be if growing wild in the UK- I've triple checked and I think it is indeed Buckthorn.

When foraging in hedgerows it is best to assume that the majority shrubs you find will be native species, there may be some species that have been introduced in the last 200 years that have become common ( buddleah for example in cities and horizontalis elsewhere) if foraging in a garden/near a garden there may be escapes, but depending on the age of the garden, the escapes will be limited by the time they were introduced into common cultivation in this country.There are lots of different apple species in hedgerows nowadays,not just the old 'crab' apple, as we have been throwing apple cores into them for years.

Don't use it Linda- unless you want a very,very,VERY,VERY swiftly moving digestive system¦." a common plant with a drastic purgative effect" rhamnus catharticus ( the clue is in the name....) the juice of the berries used to be used as a horse laxative, so unless you want your jelly to move the earth, leave the berries to the birds,who love them!

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Criminy Kate, that is scary - if used for horse laxative imagine what it could do to humans!  eeek

I'll try that again!

Mon 24-Oct-11
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hmmmm, could do with losing a few pounds!laugh

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Mon 24-Oct-11
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eeek Yikes Aly you'd lose more than a couple of pounds with that!

I'll try that again!

Mon 24-Oct-11
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better than weightwatchers thenok

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Definitely!

I'll try that again!

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