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11 June 2010 @ 08:19 am
Ornamentals  
I have two trees that I've been told are ornamental plum trees. The are beautiful shade trees and produce lots of fruit. Wherein is my question.

Can this fruit be eaten? Let me add, that yes - I know it can be eaten, because I've done it. But the fruit is always tiny (about the size of cherries) and always bitter. Is it safe to use this fruit for preserves, chutneys, etc.? I'm wondering if eating too much of it can make one sick, because I don't understand what an 'ornamental' tree is for, or how it's different from a 'real' fruit tree.