Identification: Another tree with red fruits

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  1. David Wong

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    I looked through my files and found a photo of a tree, also taken at QE Park a while ago, that has red strawberry-like fruits. I notice that the leaves of this tree have smooth edges, and not like the saw-edges of the Strawberry Tree. Is this a subspecies or a totally different species?
     

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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Looks to be Cornus kousa,
     
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    I didn't relate this beautiful red fruit to its dogwood-like white flowers.
    Thank you.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    They are edible. Kind of a mild taste to me, not very sweet.
     
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    I like dogwood flowers, but I have not been observant and did not know they produce colourful and edible fruits too.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Word of caution: while Cornus kousa fruit are edible (and nice!), most other Cornus species are NOT edible; some are moderately toxic. The non-edible ones don't have that slightly knobbly appearance though.

    In particular:
    Cornus florida: TOXIC
    Cornus nuttallii: Not edible
     
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    Thank you for the info.
    At least, it is easy to distinguish the fruit of Cornus kousa from those of C. florida and C. nuttallii.
     

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