It's going to be up to 10 years before the trimmings will be big enough to use for smoking. I don't know about whether they will grow well in your area, but a local nursery would be able to help you with that question.
Am I tough? Am I strong? Am I hard-core? Absolutely.
Did I whimper with pathetic delight when I sank my teeth into my first brisket? You betcha.
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