Trees with red fruit/berries?
I live in Ohio and have just been noticing trees (about 20') whose leaves are gone but red berries or cluster fruit are remaining. It's very striking, especially when there's snow on the ground. Does anyone know what kind of trees these are? Thanks.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
This question is open to a bit of interpretation. There are a lot of trees in USDA hardiness zones 5 & 6 with striking red berries.
I think what you're seeing are either Hawthorn (Crataegus) or Crabapple (Malus). If I had to throw out a guess, I'd look first at hawthorn. The berries tend to 'winter' better, they don't discolor as quickly. Hawthorn also is a profuse berry producer. Smaller berries in large quantities make a great show.
Without seeing a sample there is no way for me to know for sure. Hawthorns are used commercially (in landscapes) much more frequently than Mt. Ash (Sorbus).
Hawthorn tends to have nasty evil looking thorns, some cultivated forms do not have the thorns however. The younger branches on Mt. Ash have a cherry-like bark. That may help you further narrow the ID. Dogwood (Cornus florida) is a long-shot. They aren't known for good berry sets. The berries look like red 'coffee beans'.
I hope that this helpsSource(s): I am a professional horticulturist
- RachelLv 44 years ago
Photo??? How about a little more description of the tree. Foliage, growth habit, flowering habit, evergreen, deciduous, what? Aroma?
- wrldzgr8stdadLv 41 decade ago
i believe that would be a mountain ash. and i do agree. they are VERY striking against a snowy back drop!!
- ?Lv 71 decade ago
mountain ash ?
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- AnOrdinaryGuyLv 51 decade ago
They might also be dogwoods.
- 1 decade ago
eat them then get back to me