how do I recognize a sloe bush?

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how do I recognize a sloe bush?

Post: # 267142Post Berti
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:24 pm

I think there is a sloe bush growing where I live (netherlands ) but I am not sure.
doesn't look like PLUMS at all, but smaller...which is what I was expecting
how can I tell for sure?

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Re: how do I recognize a sloe bush?

Post: # 267147Post Zech
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:44 pm

Sounds likely. I always do a google image search, then you get lots of pictures to check against.

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Re: how do I recognize a sloe bush?

Post: # 267150Post GeorgeSalt
Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:14 pm

Sloe fruit looks like a small plum and usually has a pale powdery blue bloom over a glossy almost black fruit - but it doesn't always have the bloom, and sometimes not all fruit on the same tree will have it.

Cut open the fruit is a drupe (plum-like) with a central stone rather than individual seeds.

The thorns aren't always obvious.

Link <- the photos on this page are pretty good.

Can you post a photo showing the fruit and the leaves?
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