Identify this tree with berries
September 20, 2014 7:23 PM   Subscribe

This tree has lived for 10+ years in my backyard, and we're getting a dog. Is this tree safe? Pics and details inside.

Located in Seattle, the tree is about 20 feet tall. It doesn't appear to be native. It does not drop leaves in winter. It's thriving in this climate, actually.

The berries are black -- actually a deep purple -- with cherry-like stones. The look like small olives, but do not have a strong scent or taste. The berries start falling in mid-summer.

Pictures:
https://twitter.com/frankrogan/status/513512219951132673

https://twitter.com/frankrogan/status/513512265996173312
posted by Cool Papa Bell to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
 
It looks like a variety of cherry laurel
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 7:26 PM on September 20, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks, with that lead, I can see now that's exactly what this tree is.

And it's poisonous to dogs. Damn it.

Well, now I know what I'm doing with my Sunday. :-)
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:58 PM on September 20, 2014


It's a weed of a tree species. I wouldn't feel to bad about removing it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_laurocerasus
posted by Sintram at 12:45 AM on September 21, 2014


Yes...it is invasive in the Pacific NW so cutting it down isn't some huge loss.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 5:31 AM on September 21, 2014


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