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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Backwoods Savage, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    Nice pics, Dennis. Looks like you are overloaded with the dastardly bush yourselves. Just smelling them is enough to stop someone from planting one these scourges. How did they ever get here?
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  2. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    I've never had the pleasure of seeing one in person (ha!), but I've often seen them for sale in plant catalogues. Really makes one wonder if we'll EVER learn anything....
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  3. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Never noticed these until about 3 years ago while walking to the back stacks.
    They produce small edible berries, but you'd need to eat somewhere in the vicinity of 5 million to do anything. Small pit inside. Somewhat sweet.
    I watched a vid last year about someone making juice or jelly with them.
    We have 'em all over the place.
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  4. Blazin

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    We've declared them a noxious invasive species in Montana. They spread mainly through birds, who eat the berries and drop the seed as they fly. They burn OK, but the smell is horrible. They will sucker like crazy in wet conditions. The branches are covered with thorns too, which makes them even more undesirable.

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  5. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    Just like chinese bittersweet and siberian elm and chinese chestnut.
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  6. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    Whos watching the government??
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  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    The hackers.
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