Found a weird berry tonight, small 1/2 inch long, oblong and black. First time we've seen this tree drop anything, and its in the horses living area. I didnt have my glasses on and Bob said it looks like they are in a group on a limb. I have NO idea what it is, never seen these before.
I'm so sorry! I just had to laugh - those berries looked like sheep dung that you were holding in your hand! *ahem* (composes self) Borrow a tree field guide from the library or take pics of the tree and berries etc into a nursery. That might be the best way.
I emailed your photo to my dad who is a forester and he said if the tree is a type of evergreen they look like juniper berries and those are not toxic. He said if they smell like gin they're juniper berries.
We took video of the tree, I can't download it, im video dumb..lol
Anyway, the leaves are like an acorn leaf. They have 3 rounded parts to it, but seems to me a bit more closely.
I did take some pics, not sure they are seen very well though.
So now Im wondering what an acorn looks like after it flowers and before it turns into a full blown acorn. Hmmm, could it be?
The skin is purplish/black, green inside the skin, and then the seed, which is almost the whole thing.
We have a winner, wohooo. I forgot we had sassafras on our property. Thing is, all I've ever seen were the left over stumps that my husband had to dig up, and friends told me that's what they were, you could smell it, so sweet, but I didnt want anything to do with something I had NO clue about. Thank you for that answer, I am relieved to know what it is.