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Cherry Laurel? We recently moved to a property on a country estate in Shropshire, England with large areas of laurel planted in the mid to late 1800s. We would like to use the laurel wood as a sustainable fuel in our living room wood burning stove, but I haven't been able to determine whether or not it is the poisonous cherry variety which gives off cyanide gas if burned. I took photos (attached) of the flowers and attempted to match them up to the varieties I found online, but could still not come up with a definite match.

My wife has a good sense of smell and can't detect the almond smell which is supposedly characteristic of cherry laurel, saying it has more of a "herb" aroma - though no particularly strong smell.

Any ideas at all?

Thanks for your time,

Mark Walton

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That is definitely Prunus laurocerasus - but if you want to burn just the wood, not the leaves or seeds, and the wood is well seasoned, and you're burning it in a closed stove, there shouldn't be a problem with cyanide gas.

16 Aug, 2014


Thank you Bamboo for your speedy response and identification. I now feel more confident about burning just the laurel logs we have once they are decently seasoned - almost a year now.

16 Aug, 2014

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