Bay berries

Hi everyone, I need your help again please.

Have attached a couple of photos here. This is the Laurel? tree that forms the barrier around our property. Its now covered in the berries below. Edible? Poisenous? 

 

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The tree. Laurel?

 

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These are the berries. Sorry if the pic is a little blurry, they're really high up and I couldn't hold this phone still with my arms outstretched in the air! Hope you can see them well enough.

Thank you, Heather

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

    My understanding is that the flesh around the central stone isn't poisonous, but if you chewed the stone you would be quite ill indeed.  The leaves too are poisonous.

    The title to your thread implies that you think this is bay laurel - it is not, it is cherry laurel.

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

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Thanks Dove, I just had a feeling that they parobably weren't the best thing to eat! Will tell Mr. Bloke that he needs to quash the temptation to eat them like they were cherries! Presume I am correct and its a Laurel tree? 

  • Dove sorry only half your response came up before and didn't see the link here. Thanks again for the help. And if its a cherry laurel that explains whey the other half says they look like cherries.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

    Yep - English or cherry laurel.  Is this a much-needed bloke or dispensible? image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

    image I added the link and the bit about it not being bay afterwards as it was then that I saw the title properly.  

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • hehe Dove I like your style! How to answer that? Bit of both at times image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

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    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 586

    Quote wiki...

     

    "Unlike the rest of the plant, which is poisonous, the cherries are edible, although rather bland and with a somewhat astringent flavour compared to the fruit of apricots, true cherries, plums, and peaches, to which it is related."

     

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Horticulture/Prunus_laurocerasus

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

    Which is what I said 

    Dovefromabove wrote (see)

    ...... the flesh around the central stone isn't poisonous, but if you chewed the stone you would be quite ill indeed.  ......

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    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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