can anybody identify this berry?

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butterbean
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can anybody identify this berry?

Post by butterbean » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:34 pm

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can anybody help identify this berry/currant.
our friends have lived where they are for 4 years, and we were round there for a bbq today and i roamed there garden and noticed this tree down the bottom that was so full of these berries, i couldnt believe how many were on there, i asked what they were and they didnt even realise they were on there nevermind what sort they were. the fruit looks really ripe and i would love to take it all, as theyve said i can have as much as i want. but im not stupid enough to consider trying something i know nothing about, i was tempted on doing the old trick of rub on the skin for and leave for a while, then on the lips for a while but thought if i could find somebody who knew what it was to get me started that would be easier.

cheers
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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by featherstick » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:42 pm

Looks very much like a laurel. Highly toxic.

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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by preppingsu » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:43 pm

Try to identify the tree first.
The leaves look shiny so possibly it is an evergreen.

Whatever you do, do not try them! You need to know what they are.

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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by preppingsu » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:46 pm


butterbean
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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by butterbean » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:57 pm

Brilliant. Cheers.

I've just had a google and checked that link and it definitely looks like it's that.

I shall have to tell them as they have 2 young kids and have started playing in the garden a lot now they're big enough

Thanks again.

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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by Bosworth » Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:48 pm

Definitely Laurel. Not life threatening, but likely to cause an upset tummy and make them feel miserable for a day or two.

I've got 3 young kids myself and, personally speaking, I'd chop it down and plant something edible...

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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by Arzosah » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:58 am

Yep, me too - laurel. People use it as a hedging plant round me nowadays, I suppose its one step better than leylandii, but its mostly pretty useless, and toxic, whereas at least leylandii aren't toxic. What I *have* noticed is that the bees seem to love the berries - but there's lots of more useful plants that bees also love.

If the laurel is yours, you have to keep cutting it back too - there's a hedge nearby thats doubled in height in 5 years.

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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by jansman » Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:23 am

Same again. Laurel.
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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by butterbean » Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:06 pm

thanks for all the replies, i told my mate today about it and hes decided to play it safe and have it down.
theres no chance he will plant anything in its place though.

which is a shame, his garden his huge and could take on so much stuff if he could be bothered
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Re: can anybody identify this berry?

Post by featherstick » Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:39 pm

Not totally useless. Greek soothsayers and oracles used to breathe a smoke of the dried leaves to help them enter a trance when they needed to prophesy : )

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