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Growing mushrooms on CA bay laurel logs/stumps?

 
Emilie Thomas-Anderson
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Hi - I've been reading posts on permies for awhile, but this is my first time posting, myself. I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge or experience about growing mushrooms on logs or stumps of California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica)? PG&E (presumably) is having the local tree company cut down a ridiculous number of bay trees that are near power lines on my street (trees that *never*, knock on wood, fall or lose branches in storms here, so are very unlikely to actually cause downed lines...grumble grumble) and I thought I'd at least get some good out of this by inoculating with some edible mushrooms. But will this work? The leaves are so strongly fragrant that it seems like the wood might have some sort of strong anti-fungal properties as well, though I do occasionally see shelf mushrooms growing on bay trees. I'm pretty new at mushroom growing, so would appreciate all the info I can get. I tried googling around a bit, but didn't find anything. Thank you for your help!
 
John Saltveit
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I have never heard of anyone intentionally growing mushrooms on these trees, also known as Oregon Myrtlewood. Their leaves are used as an herb in cooking. Just like bay leaves except only use half because theyr'e so strong. My sense is that like redwood and cedar (Thuja) they would not be recommended for growing mushrooms. Gather the leaves and use them for cooking instead.
JohN S
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