Safe to eat?

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Date Photo Taken: 01/18/2020
Location: Toccoa, GA
Posted By: Stephen Rich

Notes:

Some trees on the property bear lots of these! Like small blueberries/grapes, thin flesh, mostly seed. Bright green leaves. Anyone seen these?

COMMENTS

  1. gardenguy Master Identifier says:

    looks like wax leaf privet
    birds eat the berries

    January 19th, 2020 at 11:58 am
  2. Stephen Rich Registered says:

    Thank you for taking the time to ID it. If it’s what you say, birds may like it but it’ll kill humans in quantity.
    What I found:
    “Privet berries are poisonous for dogs as well as humans and the leaves can be even more toxic in large quantities. Toxicity is due to the presence of terpenoid glycosides. Symptoms are typically limited to gastrointestinal upset with vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite, but large doses will kill you.”
    You must’ve seen some bad ass birds eating those.

    January 20th, 2020 at 12:26 am

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