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mystery tree, plant identification
July 31, 2014 1:31 PM   Subscribe

Its like a cherry but not. Please help me identify this mystery tree. Pictures below.

I have a tree at our new house that I thought was a cherry but cleary isnt. In the spring it had small white flowers. Than in late June early July it started growing little cherry like fruit. It was exciting to think of all the cherries! but now into late July-August Im realizing these little fruits are not getting any bigger and have about peeked. They started out small and yellow, about the size of my pinky nail and then turn a dark red before they die. They have a pit like a cherry/stone fruit.

Pictures of the tree and fruit

I am in the seattle area if that helps any.
posted by ljesse to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Hmm...I am thinking it might be a type of crabapple tree.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 2:03 PM on July 31


But I don't think crabapples have pits like a stone fruit, so I could be very wrong.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 2:05 PM on July 31


I think it might be prunus virginiana. GIS.
posted by Solomon at 2:06 PM on July 31


I agree with Solomon, chokeberry tree. It's not a crabapple.
posted by shoesietart at 2:28 PM on July 31


I dont think its a crabapple, and I would of agreed with a chokecherry ID but I didnt remember seeing those cone shaped flowers in the spring. I dug a little into my pictures and found a picture of the spring flowers (and a little hummingbird). I also added a picture of the tree itself.
posted by ljesse at 4:34 PM on July 31


After following some links from the article Solomon linked to, my guess is red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia). Flowers. Berries.
posted by TungstenChef at 5:22 PM on July 31


I think it looks like Klamath plum, Prunus subcordata.
posted by Redstart at 5:29 PM on July 31


Maybe a huckleberry? Some varieties do have red fruit and large seeds. The ones on our property have bright red, tart berries that almost taste like currants.
posted by ananci at 8:15 PM on July 31


Not huckleberry.
posted by humboldt32 at 8:50 PM on July 31


Indian plum aka osoberry?

You don't have a pic of the flowers but they do bloom at the same time as cherries and plums.
posted by fiercekitten at 9:21 PM on July 31


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