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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Mystery tree - shrub identified

Posted Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 1:32 PM
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  • Mystery solved!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Sat, Aug 10, 2013, at 7:17 AM
  • Yup. What I found curious was that in this day and age of internet search, I never got close.

    I thought maybe it was because the ripe berry is black but all I could find was blackberries. Maybe if I had searched twenty pages in, but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Aug 10, 2013, at 1:32 PM
  • Well try making a Blackberry pie anyways.I mean whats the worst that could happen?

    -- Posted by kings11 on Sat, Aug 10, 2013, at 5:49 PM
  • You might get kinda icky eating a pie made from the berries....If I'm not mistaken I have noticed this tree amongst the Dogwood up near Bedford Lake...I had 5 acres at on time there at the top of the hill past the lake....I had beautiful Dogwood and Walnut at the edge surrounding the land....I was walking out in the Pisguah National Forrest in Black Mountain NC., and while looking for a camp site, we were talking about what berries to eat and bears...I am almost positive amongst the Dogwoods there that they had to be Buckhorn...but never saw a bear...what I read about them, they are rare but are plentiful from several Texas nurseries...

    ....http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=FRCA13

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Aug 10, 2013, at 7:58 PM
  • Some experts call them invasive but we do not have many of them so I don't think it will be a problem. Some wild plants are called invasive because they propagate easily. This one from seeds, but we still do not have many of them so....maybe they are not invasive in our part of Bedford County.

    I remember seeing the "flowers" now that I see them again, but they blend in so easily with the green leaves I see why I rarely notice them. The only things that bring attention to them is the shiny leaf and the red berries.

    After they turn black, we probably dismiss them as hack-berry or not even notice them again. I have read somewhere that they are edible, but also poisonous in large quantities, so the pie is probably not going to happen for us. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Aug 11, 2013, at 4:16 PM
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