City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

November 6, 2016

November 6th

Filed under: Dogwood, Plants — canopus56 @ 8:55 pm

Sour Fruit

3:00 p.m. The red-osier dogwood bushes in the first mile have lost all of their leaves, and they are fans of bright red sticks. But the dogwood retains its white fruit on these red stems, and this makes for an attractive contrast. Its small berries looks fresh, but the fruit no longer has a sweet vanilla taste (Aug. 31st). Now it tastes sour. The fruit has turned on the vine. Harrington in “Edible Plants of the Rocky Mountains” notes that the dogwood fruit is toxic to both animals and humans.


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