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What is this plant bearing red fruit

Zone M40 9ny | Taybikud added on September 13, 2018 | Answered

I am attaching the pics. This plant has been on our property for many years but this year it started to have red berries type of fruit. What is it and is it edible.

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drtreelove
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Answered on September 14, 2018

From the photos, it appears to be Prunus serotina, rum cherry, black cherry, an American native. And yes, the berries are edible, but the fleshy part only, not the seeds:
The only edible part of the plant is the fleshy part of the fruit, even the seeds contain toxins.

http://eattheplanet.org/wild-cherries-a-native-american-necessity/

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