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Looks like pine, smells great, but grows on a bush


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jrdugger
Virginia
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Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:44 pm   Post subject: Looks like pine, smells great, but grows on a bush


Just bought a house. Found this in a garden in the back. It's a rather large bush and smells kinda pine like. Any ideas what it is?


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toni


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Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:02 pm   


My first thought is Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Could be see a photo of the whole plant?

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marlingardener
Central Texas, zone 8
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Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:14 pm   


Oh you lucky person. that's rosemary! A wonderful shrub/herb that can be used for cooking, is a pest repellent, and a great addition to the landscape.
We have three different kinds of rosemary, and love each and every one.

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AAnightowl

Missouri
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Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:27 pm   


I was thinking either Rosemary or Yew.

If it has pinkish red berries with a black seed out the bottom, it would be Yew and is considered toxic. However, when we were kids we ate those berries all the time.

Rosemary is a lovely kitchen herb if you like your food with a piney taste. It is a lovely plant for those who just want the plant.

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toni


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Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:29 pm   


And if you find you really like the taste of Rosemary you can cut some stems, strip off the leaves and use the bare stem as a skewer for kabobs on the grill or in the oven.

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dooley

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Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:34 pm   


I have a huge bush in the back garden. I planted two more in Chance's flower bed in the back yard. I use it with chicken when I bake it. You can also chop it small and mix it into biscuit dough. Wonderful!

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