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raycin1019
Asheville, NC
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Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:46 pm   Post subject: Strange plant, very red seed pod


sorry for the bad pics but it is a plant/bush, approximately 4 feet tall that i found in the middle of the woods in the mountains of NC.

it has a seed pod that looks about the size of a dime, which is very red and has a rough surface. The pod splits in the middle and has a red seed inside that eventually hangs down while the seed pod petals move up, forming line a hard umbrella. The seeds look live very small reddish/pink tomatoes

the leaves are rather small and green


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stratsmom

Southern Oregon
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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:01 am   


Very interesting... Confused I don't know what it is but I'm willing to bet that someone here can identify it for you Wink

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Palustris


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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:56 am   


One of the Cornus family.

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eileen


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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:16 am   


I agree - possibly Cornus kousa Kousa.

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Palustris


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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:31 am   


C. kousa is from China and if this was growing wild in N.C. it is more likely top be C. florida.

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raycin1019
Asheville, NC
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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:38 pm   


its not a dogwood tree... the seed pods of the dogwood (Cornus Florida) are smooth... these seed pods are very rough and "bumpy"..i have dogwoods in my yard and am familiar with their pods..and this was a bush, not a single tree-like plant

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toni


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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:36 pm   


There are some varieties of Dogwood that are shrubs but I can't find any photos of seed pods like those connected with them.
It's a shame we can't see more of the plant, IDing sometimes is much easier when you can see leaves and possibly the whole plant.

Contact your local Country Extension office or your local Master Gardener program, they might be able to ID it for you since they are familiar with the local wild plants.

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FlowerFreak22


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Georgia
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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:44 pm   


Oh, I love these plants. What you have there is called Strawberry Bush(Euonymus americanus). The flowers are very small and green so they are hard to see when it is blooming, but the seed pods are what makes the plant stand out so much.

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toni


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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:59 pm   


Woohoo, FlowerFreak to the ID rescue. Here is more info on growing it raycin.... Euonymus americanus (American Strawberry-Bush)

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Palustris


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Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:46 pm   


Beat me to it. I was coming back with a Euonymus, but we had to go out for the day.

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