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Old 03-16-2017, 09:41 AM
 
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Looking to see what the tree is in the following picture. I cant seem to find any tree with black fruit where the fruit has a pointed end. I am located in Northwest Houston. Any ideas?
Houston area tree id-black-fruit.jpg
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:49 AM
 
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It looks like a plum tree to me.
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:30 AM
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Looks like a cherry laurel.
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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Wow that is it;a Cherry Laurel. and I was hoping they were edible Thank you for the ID
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Old 03-16-2017, 11:37 AM
 
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bbmerc, I could be wrong but I think it may be bay laurel, not cherry laurel. I think perhaps you should look online to identify other types of laurels before concluding.

The berries of both cherry and bay laurels look alike but the leaves are different. Cherry laurel leaves are more glossy and have a slightly wavy surface in between highly visible veins. Bay laurel leaves are smooth and flat, less glossy, do not have very visible veins and the leaves of bay are also slightly more elongated than cherry laurel leaves.

The leaves in the picture are more elongated and flatter, smooth, more matte surface with no visible veins. So I think bay.

Without 100% positive identification though, I wouldn't consume the leaves or the berries.


Sassybluesy, plums have serrated (toothed) edged leaves, not smooth edged leaves.

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Old 03-17-2017, 01:12 PM
 
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bbmerc, I could be wrong but I think it may be bay laurel, not cherry laurel. I think perhaps you should look online to identify other types of laurels before concluding.

The berries of both cherry and bay laurels look alike but the leaves are different. Cherry laurel leaves are more glossy and have a slightly wavy surface in between highly visible veins. Bay laurel leaves are smooth and flat, less glossy, do not have very visible veins and the leaves of bay are also slightly more elongated than cherry laurel leaves.

The leaves in the picture are more elongated and flatter, smooth, more matte surface with no visible veins. So I think bay.

Without 100% positive identification though, I wouldn't consume the leaves or the berries.


Sassybluesy, plums have serrated (toothed) edged leaves, not smooth edged leaves.

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Ah! Thanks!
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