Bush with little blackish/purplish berries?

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  1. WildernesFamily

    WildernesFamily Milk Maid

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    I read marvella's post with the possible garden huckleberry, I think I have one of those (birds love it!) in addition to the one I'm asking about.

    This one looks very similar, but not quite the pic that was posted for the garden huckleberry, here are my photos:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/33119164@N00/sets/72157594282821417/show/

    The bush itself is probably about 15 feet tall, maybe taller. The fruit doesn't have the little frill at the stem like garden huckleberry, and the leaves on this one curl over. I tasted juice from the fruit and at first it tastes sweet but has a very tart/bitter/kind of acid after-taste. It has a single black seed in the center, about the same size as a morning glory seed.

    The birds cleaned out my other berry bush, but they don't seem to crazy about this one.
     
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    Definately not an elder, looks like European Buckthorn - not good to eat!
     
  4. WildernesFamily

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    Oh how I wish it were Elderberry! We use a lot of Sambucol over winter.

    After reading up on European Buckthorn it seemed like a match until I read there are several seeds in each berry, not just one. So I opened up a couple more of the berries and indeed the others have more seeds in (typically three.)

    Mystery solved, thank you mistletoad and Lynne! :)

    Oh, and yes, definitely not good to eat!
     
  5. Red Devil TN

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    Tough... Roundleaf Serviceberry or maybe a chokeberry bush. :shrug:
     
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    And that's what I get for a slow connection! :lol:
     
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    LOL, thanks for trying though Red Devil :)

    The buckthorn doesn't seem good for much, other than being a very strong laxative that can cause many side effects, too dangerous sounding for my liking.

    My kids had a whale of a time last week though, we were completing a unit on the Civil War and read that the soldiers used the juice from various crushed berries for ink. So we crushed these berries and made "Civil War Ink."

    :)
     
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    I can't take the credit, I asked DH :) He said it was the veins curving back up to the point of the leaf that gave it away.
     
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    Rhamnus is the latin. Common name is tallhedge.