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Anyone any ideas what this is?

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:25 pm
by kaiakate
I don't think it's edible... I'm certainly not trying the berries anyway! But am curious as to what this is - found it growing on the edge of my garden. Anyone know?

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Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:43 pm
by Odsox
Looks like privet to me, although I've never grown it.
Dead common hedging shrub that has white flowers in late spring and black berries like your photo in autumn, which I believe are poisonous.

Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:01 pm
by kaiakate
Thanks :)

Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:54 pm
by Weedo
Certainly a privet, most probably European privet (Ligustrum vulgare). Native to southern Europe, not sure if this includes Britain; berries are definitely poisonous and flowers can trigger hay fever like allergy. It is the compounds in the perfume rather than the pollen in this case.

Privets are usually treated as invasives (weeds) in Australia although this species has only turned up on the NSW Northern Tablelands so far.

Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:18 am
by Green Aura
Yes, looks like a privet. I've never seen one fruit before as they're almost always trimmed. I bet it looked beautiful in flower.

Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:44 am
by bonniethomas06
I would have said laurel or privet - either way for the birds rather than for us I think.