Pepperwood

Pepperwood – Umbellularia californica

Pepperwood firewood  burns similar to other hardwoods such as oak but produces less ash. The wood also has a nice fragrance. Pepperwood is a broadleaf evergreen also know as Oregon Myrtle, California Bay Laurel, California Olive as well as other names. Pepperwood is closely related to the bay leaves that are commonly used for seasoning. The leaves emit a strong fragrance when crushed and the wood and olive-like fruit called umbels are also fragrant. Like many other hardwoods Pepperwood sprouts back from the stump when the tree is cut down and the sprouts grow vigorously into new trees since they have an already established root system from the parent tree. Pepperwood is used for making hardwood lumber, commonly known as myrtlewood, and also makes excellent firewood.

Pepperwood Firewood BTU Rating

Green Pepperwood Firewood
Green Pepperwood Firewood
Pepperwood Foliage and Olive-Like Umbel
Pepperwood Foliage and Olive-Like Umbel
New pepperwood sprouts growing from the base of a stump.
New pepperwood sprouts growing from the base of a stump.
Pepperwood sprouts after a few years of growth.
Pepperwood sprouts after a few years of growth.

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5 thoughts on “Pepperwood”

  1. I work for a timber company and had easy access to an unlimited supply of pepperwood logs last summer. I cut about three cords worth and used it for firewood in my woodstove this winter and its great. It burns nice and hot and usually doesn’t have much bark so its fairly clean. I am going back for more this summer!

  2. I am glad that pepperwood is safe to burn in a wood burning fireplace. Although, my tree was infested with beehives. I hope this doesn’t matter and I was told by several people they have a nasty smell when burning them. Thank you for your link.

  3. Split it green. Pepperwood can often be stringy and tough and gets even tougher as it dries. It also dries faster when split. Left in rounds pepperwood can stay green enough to start growing new shoots and leaves long after they are cut, under the right conditions.

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