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paintedcity 08-19-2008 08:59 PM

Horses and trees???? Help
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.
Any ideas?

Parker Horse Ranch 08-19-2008 09:56 PM

They look like nuts or iconnuts(sp) What the name of the tree you got the seed from?

paintedcity 08-19-2008 10:36 PM

I have no idea. If I knew that, id know the berry???lol

Kirsti Arndt 08-20-2008 08:40 AM

you can call your local extenision service or soil conservation office they will know what it is-it is really hard to match descriptions of tree fruit on the internet.i have tried

sempre_cantando 08-20-2008 08:03 PM

:lol: I'm so sorry! I just had to laugh - those berries looked like sheep dung that you were holding in your hand! :lol: *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.

3neighs 08-20-2008 09:50 PM

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.

paintedcity 08-20-2008 10:38 PM

We took video of the tree, I cant download it, im video
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.

NorthernMama 08-21-2008 12:34 PM

Definitely not an acorn. Where are you posting from? Some geographical info would help.

Vidaloco 08-21-2008 12:50 PM

I was going to say hackberry till I saw the leaves. Now I believe it is a sassafras.

paintedcity 08-22-2008 12:35 AM

We have a winner, wohooo. I forgot we had sassafras on our property. Thing is, all Ive ever seen were the left over stumps that my husband had to dig up, and friends told me thats 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.


Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I was going to say hackberry till I saw the leaves. Now I believe it is a sassafras.

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