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I know what this is....but
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:40:22 pm »
 

 
It is a Cherrybark Oak getting a hug from and Elm.   ;D

But what is this:
 

 
The trunk of an 8" tree.
 

 
The foliage that stays year round.
 

 
The fruit (berries).
 

  
An individual leaf showing little saw teeth on the edge. 
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Re: I know what this is....but
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2017, 07:40:22 pm »
I believe that is called a Cherry Laurel here.  They are fairly common in my area but an 8" trunk is a good one.  The wood is pretty but very unstable.
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Re: I know what this is....but
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 08:22:18 pm »
Prunus caroliniana (Cherry Laurel or Carolina Laurel Cherry).  Most of the ones here have spiral grain and smoother bark.  The leaves and twigs smell a lot like cherry cola.

Do any of you cook on it?  I burn a lot of black cherry when smoking meat but have never tried Cherry Laurel.
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Re: I know what this is....but
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 10:01:19 pm »
Yes Dennis, that trunk is the largest that I have ever seen.  Even one 4" is unusual to see.

I have always known these plants to be in this particular area, but never thought to ask what they were.  Now I can look in the book without reading the entire book.   ;D
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Re: I know what this is....but
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2017, 10:21:48 pm »
Yup, my pictures and the book's illustrations look identical. Carolina Laurelcherry.  The only caution that I see is that injured or wilted leaves contain "hydrocyanic acid" which can be fatal when ingested by humans and most mammals; young leaves are browsed by deer with no problems.

I was surprised to not see any mention of the fact that it retains it's leaves year round.

Thanks for the identification.   :)
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Re: I know what this is....but
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2017, 05:43:42 pm »
I've got one in my back yard that's roughly 12" dbh...

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