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William James
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Hi,
Another berry plant, tree actually. This grows about 45 minutes from me, so I'm pretty sure I could get it to grow here. Wondering if it's edible.
Thanks,
William
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Landon Sunrich
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This looks to me to be what I in my colloquial would call a 'laurel'

I am actually seeking info on this plant too. Thus the bump. These berries taste quite bad most of the year. But now (when the birds swarm to eat them) they dont taste half bad. Not sure if they're edible I've only nibbled on a couple with no ill effects. My chickens eat them, but only this time of year.

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Landon Sunrich
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After doing some more poking around I'm going to take a stab at saying at least in my case I'm dealing with 'english laurel'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_laurocerasus

or possible 'portugal laurel' though these flowers look less similar in my case though its hard to tell just from a few photos

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_lusitanica



 
Dale Hodgins
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I followed Landon's link. This seems to be the important bit. ---------------- The leaves of Prunus lusitanica contain cyanide and will release this into the environment if burnt or if crushed. The fruit is somewhat edible if fully ripe, but if it is bitter, it is toxic and should not be eaten.

I saw that it was laurel right away. I've often wondered about the fruit. ----- Now a joke.

People grow laurel because it's very hardy. Old people will get it.
 
Landon Sunrich
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it being very hardy is no joke! This Laurel was totally crushed/snapped/maimed by a heavy snowfall that broke just about every major limb it had and you can see what the fruit set looks like this year. They're unkillable. Check this jungle out!

I suppose the joke is on us young folk who decide to try to get rid of them eh? They're popping up all over the place.
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William James
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Would you think grafting cherries on this would be worthwhile?
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