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Why do most berries go red?

  • Why do most berries go red?
  • Why do most berries go red?
  • Why do most berries go red?

This time of year many berries in our garden turn progressively red. Why now and why red?

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    The GPS Team

    The simple evolutionary answer is that it makes them easier for birds and other animals to find, eat and spread their seed. However, there are exceptions to every rule, as with this red-leaved Berberis thunbergii, where berries of another colour would stand out better! Evolution can also lead to contradictions.

    • Why do most berries go red?
  2. Grower

    Amanda CW

    Thanks Team. Makes sense. I guess what I was really wondering is why Red is by far the most common colour - maybe because it stands out best against green foliage. Or because birds colour vision spot it most easily. Or that most plants find the Red pigment easiest to produce. Any botanists out there know the answer?


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