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What color are mistletoe berries?

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Most species of mistletoe have waxy, white berries. Some of the approximately 1,300 species have red, pink or transparent berries. These berries gain their colors between October and January.

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American or Eastern mistletoe has large groups of waxy white berries and broad dark-green evergreen leaves, and it is commonly used as a Christmas decoration in Europe and North America. European mistletoe is similar, with smaller clusters of berries and narrower leaves. Desert mistletoe, which is common throughout the American Southwest, has whitish-red berries that serve as food to many animals and are edible for humans. Most varieties of mistletoe are highly toxic and should not be ingested.

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