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Plant ID: purple/blue berry bush

 
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Location: Northern Colorado 7,500' Zone 4
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This was in a friend's yard. The bush was around 6' tall and 3' wide. Growing at 7,500' elevation. The berries look like something in between a Serviceberry and an Aronia Berry.

Anybody know what it is? And if so, are the berries edible?



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Looks like a cotoneaster, probably hedge cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucidus). I am not certain if it is edible or if it is, palatable. I have never tried it. Generally berries hang on most of the winter until eaten by birds.
 
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The leaves look like cotoneaster for me too, and it is not edible. I think aronia does not have leaves which look like embossed leather, but I could be wrong.
 
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I bet you're right. I wasn't familiar with the Cotoneaster but google images shows a close match to what I'm looking for, especially the cotoneaster acutifolius, or Peking Cotoneaster.

I was hoping to find a new (to me) edible berry that grew in this area. Oh Well.

Thanks for the info!
 
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