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Please could you help identifying these two plants/trees and their respective fruits? I think the one with the green flesh is a sloe, the tree had some long spikes coming out of the branches. However I'm unsure of the other one..

It is an (almost) black berry, the same size as the one I believe is a sloe. Its softer and has quite a big stone in it, and a dark red flesh. As you can see the leaf is a lot different.

When you put both berries side by side, the sloe is lighter (a dark purple and the other berry almost black as I say.

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    First photo could be a cherry laurel?  Only a guess without seeing the whole plant. Think it's poisonous, don't eat it.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,869

    No 1 looks like cherry laurel. prunus laurocerasus.

    Not sure on No2. Might you put something next to it , eg a coin  , to give an idea of size?

  • Will be able to do that later, but no 2 is about the size of a small marble

    Thanks both for confirming on no 1, I had my suspicions it wasn't for eating!

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    The second photo looks like Prunus Spinosa, Blackthorn. 

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