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Aug 2, 2014 12:31 PM

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:

          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.