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We (my roommates and I) are redoing the flower beds outside are home and have been trying to figure out what species one of the bush plants is. I took some snap shots of it, so if any one here recognizes these things and can help me out, it would be appreciated.

A referral to the right kind of gardening forum would be equally as useful.
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It looks like an Oregon grape to me. Does it grow clusters of small puple berries and is quite prickly to work around? If it is Oregon grape, the berries make excellent jelly.

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Try taking a cutting down to the local garden centre, and see what they say.

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Looks like one of the many black berry plants, some are poisonous..

Wild Berries of Sharingwood There are 18 species of plants which produce a berry



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It looks like an Oregon grape to me. Does it grow clusters of small puple berries and is quite prickly to work around? If it is Oregon grape, the berries make excellent jelly.
My Brother and I think you nailed it with one swing Chuck! He scrounged up a page (or six) on Oregon Grapes and all of the additional descriptions they offer fit this plant well.

Many thanks for your help in unraveling this mini mystery of ours.

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Try taking a cutting down to the local garden centre, and see what they say.
Oh even though we think we know what it is, the local "Blue Box" of ours fully deserves a walk around the block with this one.... Thanks for the idea!

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Looks like one of the many black berry plants, some are poisonous..

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Hmmm.......point taken Jigs! Now of course I find myself wondering what the proper/best way to test something like that is. In the mean time the conservative approach of 'not sure = don't eat' will work nicely.

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Bill, I have sometimes emailed photos of plants to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and they can often help, too. Sorry I don't have their contact info, but it is probably easily accessed via the web. Your photos are of a good enough quality, in my opinion. Good luck, Otis

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also look up Mahonia another name for same plant there are many sub species.
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Your local County Extension Agent should be able to help you. He has a wealth of information available to him. (I am not a County Extension Agent)
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