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Hi everyone,
Am I correct in believing that the small tree in these photos (see leaves & berries) is a buttonwood & these fruits are nonedibles? (The photos were taken August 12 just outside of Boston, MA).
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The leaves are a bit on the large size for all the different button wood trees I've seen. Button wood also has clusters of flowers.
The leaves almost look like a member of the Cornaceae (dogwood) family of trees.
Also, the bark is smoother than the button wood (Conocarpus family,  Combretaceae is the green button wood)
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:The leaves are a bit on the large size for all the different button wood trees I've seen. Button wood also has clusters of flowers.
The leaves almost look like a member of the Cornaceae (dogwood) family of trees.
Also, the bark is smoother than the button wood (Conocarpus family,  Combretaceae is the green button wood)


Hi Bryant,
Thanks. My field guides agree this is a dogwood. It looks to be a Kousa Dogwood.
 
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You can eat it, but it's insipid and somewhat unpleasant unless it's perfectly ripe.
 
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John Walsh wrote:You can eat it, but it's insipid and somewhat unpleasant unless it's perfectly ripe.


Hi John,
Thanks, I'll pass on these berries.
 
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