Plantidote of the Day 2012-05-08
Here's a strange one -- this is a smallish (between 5 and 6 feet) tree or large bush growing in Zone 10. The leaves are heart-shaped and have serrated edges. (You can enlarge the image by clicking on it for a better view.)
The tree/bush is deciduous; every fall it loses all its leaves and they come back in the spring. But it has the weirdest little red "berries" growing on the branches, like raspberries but brighter red. I don't think the berries are preceded by flowers, but maybe I missed them. There's only one of these around that I know of, and I'm curious about what it might be. Look familiar?
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