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Re: Talking of laurels and cyanide...

Subject: Re: Talking of laurels and cyanide...
From: Bettina Broadway-Mann
Date: Jun 26 2020 10:26:42
Hi Jerry,
My neighbour occasionally lets his pet sheep flock graze his front lawn,
and they make straight for my laurel hedge along the boundary.

So far they have eaten all the leaves and shoots off his side up to about
4ft with no obvious ill effects.

Given that pigs happily root up and munch on all sorts of things, including
ripe carrion, I would have thought a few laurel leaves would be OK.

All the best,
Bettina

On Fri, 26 Jun 2020, 09:52 Jerry Ross, <trees@xxxxxxxxxx.co.uk> wrote:

... here's one for the vets amongst you.
A pig enclosure with several cherry laurels in it, currently with few or
no low leaves as they've be 'pruned. so they're more tree- than shrub-like.
Hazardous to the pigs or not? Would they eat the bark, fallen leaves or
fruits, or indeed foliage that regrows? And if so, would it do them any
harm? (Or just produce pre-seasoned pork?)




On 26/06/2020 09:15, Simon Pryce Arboriculture wrote:
The Roman emperor one could set off an argument, they are referred to
as laurels, but were bay.

I once met a family who thought their cherry laurel was a bay and used
the leaves for cooking - they gave the custard a nice almondy flavour
- that would be the cyanide.

Simon









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