Is this a Myrica Californica?

Discussion in 'Tree ID' started by Simon Mackay, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. Simon Mackay

    Simon Mackay New Member

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    To all,

    I live in Saudi Arabia and our compound is, thankfully, surrounded by these beautiful trees. However, I am not exactly sure what they are, so I was wondering if anyone could assist?

    From the research that I have done, I think they are Myrica Californica, but I am not sure.

    In addition, I would like to know if the wood from these trees are OK to start a small barbeque? The compound gardeners regularly trim the trees and my wife and I use the leaves and twigs for compost, but we also thought they might be better to use than firelighters for our bbq. Clearly, we don't want to light the wood and release some toxins into the bbq'd food.

    Does anyone have any experience?

    Thank you in advance,
    Simon.
     

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  2. JD3000

    JD3000 Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea...I can tell you that Myrica pensylvanica has wonderfully fragrant leaves, berries, and sapwood. Perhaps this is true for the Genus as a whole?
     
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