Black berries on a tree

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  1. jumartoo

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    Seen today on a tree. The leaves look like Rhododendron but they don't have black berries, or do they???

    Anyone know what they are?

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    It's laurel, I think. Poisonous berries though!
     
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    Yes, it's laurel and poisonous.
     
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    Thanks. Hope not too poisonous :Eeek: Martin tried one but didn't swallow it.

    He's feeling OK at the moment!
     
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    Laurel has cyanide in the leaves. Chopped up laurel leaves placed in the bottom of a jar, with a disc of blotting paper over them creates a good killing bottle for butterflies and moths. They were used by lepidopterists past very successfully. My father in particular and I helped fill it!

    I am sure in low doses cyanide is a good pain killer. Martin will sleep well tonight. :)
     
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    I think he'll be OK :LOL: he says he only tested to see if it was a soft or hard berry!!!
     
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    Definitely Laurel, there must be a male somewhere in the vicinity.
     
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    There was, eating the berries. :)
     
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    It used to be called a Rabbit Dropping tree. In the olden days people used to think that rabbits lived in the trees and did their business in the branches. Then someone found out that rabbits actually live underground so they changed the name. It's a very Hardy plant so they called it a Laurel. I'm happy 'cos I just watched Manchester United beat Southampton and Pogba was superb.
     
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    :groan:
     
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    As a rule of thumb if it has shine levels should be a voided.
    And any thing that produces a milky sap
    Willdbill
     
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    I was only kidding you know?
     
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    Don't worry about being poisonous. You have probably eaten it's essence more than once. It's the common bay. As in bay leaves that you will find in any well appointed kitchen. A member of the laurel family yes.

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    Still here.....off to find something Tasty this morning :oops:
     
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