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#3030670 - 11/13/12 06:51 AM Tree identification help
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Anyone know of a tree that produces little tiny purple berries, other than a hackberry? I found a tree that is covered with little tiny purple berries that all appear to be at the ends of twigs, lots of single berries (not in clusters), and the berries are about the size of a pea and have a sweet smell like muscadines. This is a mature tree probably 50 feet tall. Bark does not look like a hackberry. Bark is deeply grooved with long vertical ridges. The tree is growing on a high ridge-top.
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#3030767 - 11/13/12 07:34 AM Re: Tree identification help [Re: BSK]
Rick Dillard
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BSK,
The tree that you describe sounds like a black gum or black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica).

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#3030876 - 11/13/12 08:20 AM Re: Tree identification help [Re: Rick Dillard]
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Sounds like black gun.
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#3030909 - 11/13/12 08:42 AM Re: Tree identification help [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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It's hard to say without pics. Can you take a pic of the bark and buds? If so, I can tell you exactly what it is.
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#3031112 - 11/13/12 10:28 AM Re: Tree identification help [Re: @fulldraw]
Doskil
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I'd guess a tupelo, black gum
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#3031154 - 11/13/12 10:49 AM Re: Tree identification help [Re: Doskil]
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How do u guys know so much about trees? My dad was a logger he could name about any kinda tree found in the woods of middle TN , but y'all get down to the Scientific names .
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#3031167 - 11/13/12 10:56 AM Re: Tree identification help [Re: southernhunter]
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I would guess Black Gum, I have tons of them on one of my places. The fruits of black gum are drupes.
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#3031542 - 11/13/12 03:14 PM Re: Tree identification help [Re: smstone22]
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Dang, you all are good! I looked it up and sure enough it is a tupelo or black gum (Nyssa sylvatica). First one I've seen in my area. The smell of the fruit caught my attention as I was walking by, and then I noticed all the berries on the ground.
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#3031701 - 11/13/12 04:59 PM Re: Tree identification help [Re: BSK]
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Do the deer eat them ?
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#3031770 - 11/13/12 05:54 PM Re: Tree identification help [Re: southernhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: southernhunter
Do the deer eat them ?


Good question. I don't know. The berries sure smell good.
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