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Can you id this bush / fruit?

 
Cris Bessette
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I found this here in North Georgia on my property. I've tasted the fruit and it is somewhat the flavor and texture of apple sauce with tiny flea size seeds.


 
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Still have not found anything on these. I'm pretty sure they are edible, at least I've eaten some and haven't experienced any distress

Another image:
 
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apples? lol

a malus if seeds at a guess, not prunus
 
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Could it be a kiwi? This sugestion from your description of the seeds, and this picture from Dave's Garden:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/130896/
 
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Tim Wells wrote:apples? lol

a malus if seeds at a guess, not prunus



Not malus genus, the bushes don't get over 6 feet / 2 meters tall, and most telling, the fruit has no core, just tiny seeds here and there throughout the fruit.

 
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Susan Skov wrote:Could it be a kiwi? This sugestion from your description of the seeds, and this picture from Dave's Garden:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/130896/


Actually, I have kiwi vines, these are wild bushes (not vines) , and Kiwi/gooseberry is not native to this area.
 
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Do they change color as they ripen?
 
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Alex Ames wrote:Do they change color as they ripen?



No, that's why I never tried them in previous years-
I was waiting for them to ripen to a different color, but basically they just stay green, get soft, then fall off the bush.

 
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It's hard to discen what scale, but it reminds me of deer berry, buck berry, and also if this is a tree.. a native persimmon possibly. Those all remind me of apple sauce! Hello also fellow north Georgian!
 
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Michelle Latham wrote:It's hard to discen what scale, but it reminds me of deer berry, buck berry, and also if this is a tree.. a native persimmon possibly. Those all remind me of apple sauce! Hello also fellow north Georgian!


Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum).
https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/vaccinium/stamineum/

I think that's it!!! yay.  I've been posting pictures and asking around for like 5 years now!  Thanks so much!
I knew it had to be something good so I've been encouraging them around my property and cutting out other things around them for years now.


 
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Cris Bessette wrote:[]

Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum).
https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/vaccinium/stamineum/

I think that's it!!! yay.  I've been posting pictures and asking around for like 5 years now!  Thanks so much!
I knew it had to be something good so I've been encouraging them around my property and cutting out other things around them for years now.





Yay 😊 Excellent! So happy to help. I have lots of these too around the perimeter of our property at the edge of hardwood forest. They grow great Around my property, and seem to stay small, about 3 feetx3feet is the biggest little deer berry bush we have.

 
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