Red autumn berries-fruits

There are many colorful berries to collect in autumn, though you must be very well informed about the nature of the berries; many of them are edible but some are dangerously toxic.

This is a cluster of ripe crabapple fruits (Malus toringo). Crabapples are grown as ornamental trees, for their beautiful flowers or fruit. These small fruits are precious food for birds, larvae and caterpillars.
A cluster of ripe crab apple fruits
The shiny, sticky, red berries in the next picture are honeysuckle berries.
I took the pictures in September, not much was left of them at that time.
In a few species of honeysuckle, the berries are edible but most of them are mildly toxic.
These are the berries of the fragrant Goldflame Honeysuckle (Lonicera heckrotti) and they are not edible.
Goldflame Honeysuckle berries

4 comments:

Janie said...

Beautiful pictures of the berries. WE have a crabapple tree in our yard, and the birds feed on the berries all winter.

The Write Girl said...

Beautiful berries...the vibrant red berries in the first photo certainly does look edible. Very informative!

Anonymous said...

Excellent clarity and color in the first image Maia.

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DoanLegacy said...

Gorgeous berries! The honeysuckle ones are new to me!

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