Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:58 am

Could it be Stretchberry? I'm not familiar with it myself:

sweet gum

Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:06 am

Jim, I clicked on your link, and I have never seen a plant such as that around here. Not to say it doesn't grow here. I have never seen streatch berriies either so that tells you something. May have seen streach berries and did not know what I was looking at.

Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:52 am

Billy, there were two different kinds of huckleberries. One was on a low growing bush, probably no more than 12 to 14 inches tall. The other grew on a tall bush, reaching 7 to 8 feet that resembled todays blueberry. We called those sugarberry bushes. Don't know if they had a true scientific name or not. Ask your G'mother. Pete

Fri Jun 01, 2007 11:03 am

Billy, the above will get you to a page on elderberries. They are plentiful here in GA and if your're familiar with what Queen Anne's lace looks like, at least the flower head, then elderberry bushes resemble these very much. The flower head will be anywhere from 6 to 12 inches across with many small dainty white blooms and then the purplish black, when ripe, berries will appear later. They are red to begin with and when ripe they are very, very sweet.

Sweet gum

Fri Jun 01, 2007 11:46 am

Pete, we have elder bushes here. Mother never mentioned them, and she knew what they were. There are none of the older generation in my family left. I am talking from memory. Mother always referred to stretch berries. I wish I knew for sure.

Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:47 pm

Billy, I have never heard of stretch berries, but my Mom is still living and I also have a couple of other, old-timer relatives, so to speak, still living and will ask them. They are in the 85 to 90 year old range, so maybe I can come up with something there. Pete

Sweet gum

Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:55 pm


Ask her and see what she says. She is of the right generation. Mother would have been 97 and Daddy would have been 101. They both knew about the berries.


Sat Jun 02, 2007 4:56 am

Back to killing trees. I've had good luck boring vertical holes in the
stump and adding salt. Works and it's cheap.


Sat Jun 02, 2007 10:24 am

Works and Cheap. I like that! I thought of boring holes in the trees at an angle and filling with salt and pluging with someting. I have never tried it. Junior

Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:11 pm

has anyoene said copper nails ? drive copper nails in the stump,thatll kill it... mabe even copper sulfate that is use ti kill algae in ponds ?