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These beautiful striped berries turn red around the beginning of October.  I know I should know what they are…but I don’t.  Help?



  • Um, those are cranberries Kym. They go well with turkey.


  • Hmmph, then they must go well with you because any person knows that cranberries grow on fir trees in New England. Our ancestors who migrated to Calif. so missed these beautiful vines, they imported the berries and strung them on thread to hang round the Christmas tree. We continue that quaint tradition today with plastic prestrung swags which we use for hanging obnoxious non-Christmas lovers (Ahem).

    And that wiggly red glop people call Cranberries at Thanksgiving is actually a preChristmas gel secreted by elves in the North Pole and sent out in cans to begin the festive season. (It is not necessary to eat the nasty stuff contrary to what some ill informed folk have thought.)

  • MMmmmmmm…..wiggly red glop…I love that stuff! And I didn’t know it was elf secretion! See how a little trivia can enhance your holiday spirit!

  • I have no idea what those are. Are they cranberries? Nah. Can’t be. I thought cranberries grew in big ponds like they show on the Ocean Spray commercials. No? Hmm.

    And LOL on the Elf secretion. I’m totally going to steal that.

  • The berries look like redcurrant, and the vine leaves look like honeysuckle. Too many berries for honeysuckle, wrong leaves for currants. I think you invented a new species.

  • Whatever you do, don’t eat them!!! But, if you did, did you see the pretty colors in the sky?

  • They kinda look like currants to me.

  • Red currants have already gone by, but I agree with Elaine’s guess at honeysuckle, Kym. This WAS a productive year for them, and you could have a really fruitful vine. The berries are gorgeous, little jewels! While they’re not edible (except by birds), the preciously scant nectar from the flower stems is a favorite treat of certain little girls I know…

  • Seems like honeysuckle leaves with gooseberries for fruit.

    Whatever they are… I’m sure I could turn them into wine!

  • I’m with Jennifer…don’t cranberries grow in bogs or something like that?

  • I know they’re not the local currants –those are purple. This kinda looks like honeysuckle berries online but the honeysuckles on line have one leaf back at a node above the berries but these berries have two leaves at the node above the berry.

  • They look like gooseberries to me . . .

  • Hey, was that a crack?

  • Wow. No idea. Keep us posted. They sure are pretty.

  • Elaine, I think with your help, I’ve narrowed this down to a variation of Honeysuckle poss. Lonicera hispidula but I’m not sure.

  • According to Here

    Lonicera hispidula California Honeysuckle tolerates clay and seasonal flooding.
    Lonicera hispidula California Honeysuckle is great for a bird garden.
    Lonicera hispidula California Honeysuckle’s foliage type is deciduous.
    Lonicera hispidula California Honeysuckle’s flower color is pink.
    Lonicera hispidula California Honeysuckle’s fruit is edible [but bitter].

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