My father in law's neighbor has a volunteer mulberry (this is in Southern California) that went wild. Although they love its shade, it drops berries EVERYWHERE and stains everything. It attracts wild birds that poop all over, too. And the birds are easy prey for their cat. (They live in a mobile home park, so the houses are quite close to each other.)
If you do want to plant a mulberry, place it carefully where your neighbors won't send curses your way! ;-)
Hi, I don't think it is bay laurel, (Laurus nobilus) or californian bay laurel (Umbellularia californica). I may be wrong, but the leaf pattern and fruit don't look right for bay. I'd guess at mahogany or walnut families, but the fruit don't look right for that. Given where you, are could it a sort of macadamia?
I had no idea the leaves of curry got that big, OR that it got fruit!! I just planted one in my yard and just assumed, from all the curry leaves I've bought, that they were tiny!
(how exciting!! I planted a tree for cooking, and got a fruit tree as a bonus!)
I have a load of mulberries. If you have to walk under it to get in your house, for example, it is a horrid mess. But if it's in the back of my yard (where I have 4) it works for me. Definitely attracts birds, which attract cats and hawks (as do the mice). The hawks will eat everyone, so I figure fair's fair.
Thanks for letting us know the answer to the mystery.
the Ferns say that curry tree (Murraya koenigii) does have edible fruit as well as leaves, so your friend should be OK! They also said it is liable to sucker so beware.
No way I could grow that here without having a heated greenhouse.
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