Friday, December 3, 2010

What is this shrub?

There is this very large shrub in the front yard of our house. I don't particularly care for it because it is ginormous and it has some kind of ornamental berry on it. I'm the kind of person that doesn't like shrubs that have berries that are not edible. I feel like it's such a waste of space. It's terrible, I know. I just rather use that space for a shrub that produces something we can eat.  Yard space is so precious, I rather grow food than look at a shrub.   Like if this were a blueberry bush, I'd be so happy!  My husband likes the shrub, he says it's nice to look at. It's still green even though we are in December.  So this shrub will stay in our yard...unfortunately.
I have no idea what kind of shrub it is, do you? It recently grew these interesting looking berries, I've never seen anything like it before. I would love to identify it.  Guesses are welcome.

18 comments:

  1. Matt thought it might be a serviceberry which has edible berries...yeah! But, the berries don't look the same. Sorry:(

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  2. Sorry, not a clue! Maybe you could send or take the picture to a local gardening store and they could identify for you!?

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  3. Sorry, I don't know what it is.

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  4. Oh, please keep it! It's a native Euonymus atropurpurea, also called Eastern Wahoo or Hearts-a-Burstin'. It may not feed you, but it does feed the wildlife.

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  5. Could it be some sort of Holly? Can't you prune it up real nice so you will like it better? The berries are pretty and nice for Christmas.

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  6. Mimi, Sorry, I don't have a clue but it sure is pretty.

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  7. I 2nd what Alison said-Keep it!
    (but I didn't know what kind it was--she is the expert)

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  8. The Eastern Wahoo Seed plant is staying put. I love that wild turkeys eat the berries. We have that here in Staten Island, though I've never seen one myself. Thanks Alison for identifying this mystery plant for us.

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  9. Oh, that's great, meems! I'm glad you're keeping it. If it's too big for the space, it could probably use a bit of pruning to give it a nicer shape, like Shawn Ann said. I'd really encourage you to get a blueberry or a huckleberry as well, they're great shrubs too!

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  10. At first glance it looks like a type of Euonymous - and berries are good if they feed the birds, I think it looks nice. Haha, just saw Alison's comment so I will just say '"I agree"!

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  11. I 3rd what Alison says and am glad you have decided to keep the euonymus. I have several in my yard and the beauty of this bush is that it is evergreen. When everything else is bare and brown, it carries on throughout the winter dressed in a beautiful shade of dark green.

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  12. no idea, sorry, but it has pretty little berries.

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  13. I like the berries, and I think someone had pictures of them on their blog recently. I think it's a really nice shrub, anything green this time of year gets a big plus from me.

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  14. It's a beautiful shrub! Love the delicate flowers around the berry. Glad that Alison was able to identify it for you!

    I recently watch this video of a couple in CA who turned their city lot into an urban farm! I was truly inspired! They got rid of all their grass and planted everything edible... fruit trees, vines, greens, vegetables. They even sell their extra produce to restaurants! Whoa....

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  15. I'm so glad someone knew what it was. I love this blogging thing and how we all connect and help each other. Amazing.

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  16. I'm glad you got it identified, and it turns out to have berries the birds can eat. That can make you feel better about it taking up space in your yard.

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  17. ha ha! You're going to contribute to the wild turkey problem??! :)

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