However, my goats just can't seem to get enough of laurel. They have free-range over 12 acres and they chose to spend all their time eating the laurel trees leaves and bark - have even climbed into it - and have eaten all the cytisus and its bark such that I don't think it will grow this year. They've been doing this for 2 months now and they seem quite well. Is it one of those myths like false acacia? or will they die?
Depending on your location, different things are called Laurel. I am familiar with "mountain laurel" that smells like grape bubble gum when it blooms, but a neighbor has a weird looking thing that makes a tiny plum like fruit, and he calls it laurel.
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Since you are in France you naturally have the European laurel which is much, Much milder that the California bay laurel which is so strong that if you crush a leaf and inhale it nearly knocks you on your butt. Paul's link was probably referring to the US variety.
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Location: Portugal Zone 9 Mediterranean Climate
The leaves of English Cherry Laurel Prunus laurocerasus are used by bug collectors in their killing jars, so I guess they must be pretty toxic. I think they give off some sort of cyanide, but I'm not sure if that's what does the killing or if it's a combination of different chemicals.
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