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What is this tree? Pics attached

We have this tree on the side of our house, with small berry like things growing. My neighbor says he thinks they are edible, but he couldn't tell what they are called so I could research them more. The berries are about an inch big, and when you cut them, they have a clean soapy scent to them. I googled but came up with nothing.

Any idea what these are?

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  1. Odd-looking, for sure. What state are you in?

    PS: Just don't go doing a taste test. Wait for someone who has specific knowledge of the plants and fruits in your area to weigh in.

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      Boogiebaby's profile says Southern California.

      Nothing I recognize over here in Florida.

      Boogiebaby, I'd suggest you contact your local county extension service -- they usually have a website with links or photos, and master gardeners who could tell you exactly what this odd little duck might be.

    2. I agree with Sunshine's suggestion to contact your "local county extension service." This is usually connected to a state university horticultural department. I'm a Master Gardener but I'm based in eastern Massachusetts and have never seen this fruit

      ETA: You could take a cutting to a local nursery for identification. I would take a fruit, and several leaves, or a small branch with leaves.

      1. My first guess is a guava cultivar, but I do not know, that is a guess.

        How tall is it? Shrub or tree-like? How long have the fruits been on there, ie. are they ripe? What else is growing around your area--are there any other trees like this?

        1. Here's a link to a photo and description of guavas in general: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edibl...

          1. Yes, I'm in. SoCal. We bought our house about 5 years ago and the tree was already here. It's about 10 feet tall - it's definitely been around for a few years. We haven't eaten any of the berries - I don't eat anything I'm not familiar with! Today was the first time I cut one of the berries open... Was surprised to see an orange seedy center.

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            1. re: boogiebaby

              So, what have you decided to do? Just wondering.

              1. re: Gio

                I'm interested too but heck it's only been 4 hours:-) On a Saturday no less if BB needs to check with local experts.

                1. re: miss_belle

                  Haha.. you're right of course. I didn't check on the time. We can wait.

            2. This could be a huge coincidence, but I just ate something like this last night, and I thought it was a stuffed olive, but when I asked the waitress she said it was a caper berry, is that what yours could possible be??

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              1. re: geminigirl

                No -- capers come from a very low shrub with long, slender leaves. Doesn't look anything like this.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  Oh well, never seen a caper shrub but thought I'd give it a shot, thanks though for the info.

                1. re: Jerseygirl111

                  No -- kiwis are ovals a little larger than an egg, covered with a brown fuzzy skin, and the flesh is bright green with black seeds. (kiwi is on the right)

                  Loquats are also oval, but a little larger than the first joint of your thumb - the flesh is yellow with a large brown pit, like a plum (actually, I believe loquats are a species of plum) -- photo on the left

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    I was thinking of Arctic kiwis, should've specified. They are much smaller, green and not fuzzy at all.


                    I guessed loquats because the leaves look similar. Thought maybe the fruits were green before ripening.

                    Neither are exact. For some reason this is driving me crazy! Lol

                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                      I used to have a loquat many houses ago -- I made jam with whatever the mockingbirds left for me -- I've actually been considering planting another one.

                      What's throwing me is the lobes visible on the fruit in the second photo.

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        The house I grew up in (in Los Angeles) had a loquat tree and neither the fruits nor the leaves looked like those in either photo. Not that I'm an expert on loquat varieties. Agree with contacting the local county extension.

                        I've never been able to find loquats that tasted (or look, really - the ones in stores are much rounder and a pale apricot color, not the brighter orange I remember) anything close to the ones I grew up with, BTW. They sell them all over the Asian markets here and they're always bland and watery - nothing like the delicious tart fruit I loved so much as a child.

                2. Boogiebaby, do the fruits ever change color? do they ripen to yellow at all?

                  The more I look at it, the more it vaguely looks like a tree some of my neighbors have. I'm scrambling but haven't yet found what it's called (neighbors are up north for the summer).

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                  1. re: sunshine842

                    Not that I've noticed. They're all green.

                    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one stumped by this!

                    1. re: boogiebaby

                      I'd still contact your local county extension service (there has to be one...) -- they'll know what it is straight off.

                      I looked at the photos again and while the fruit looks similar to the neighbor's tree, the leaves are all wrong. Sorry.

                  2. They may be some type of Jatropha, which are not edible. But it is hard to tell.

                    1. maybe contact these folks: http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/Research/a... for a comprehensive list of databases.

                      yeah I know the org is based in Missouri, but they're an internationally respected research facility who collects data on plants worldwide and they're usually very helpful about ID'ing things people find. and I bet they get bored with answering simple questions like "uh that's a loblolly pine (moron)" I know yours isn't I just like that name. lob-lolly.