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Prunus caroliniana

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Carolina cherry laurel
Cultivar(s):
Bright 'N' Tight
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Trees
Comment:

Native; excellent green foliage; attracts birds; foliage is poisonous to livestock; can be used in flower arrangements; easy to transplant; withstands heavy pruning. This tree is resistant to damage by deer.

Description:
Evergreen tree; leaves alternate, simple, smooth or toothed on the margin; flowers in an elongated cluster, 5-parted, white; fruit fleshy, black with a large pit (stone)
Height:
20-40 ft.
Flower:
Small, fragrant, white flowers in late winter; small black berries in fall
Zones:
7-10
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist well drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Pyramidal in youth; dense; rounded crown with age
Family:
Rosaceae
Origin:
USA, NC
Distribution:
Piedmont, Coastal Plain and cultivated
Poison Part:
Wilted leaves, twigs (stems), seeds
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Gasping, weakness, excitement, pupil dilation, spasms, convulsions, coma, respiratory failure
Toxic Principle:
Cyanogenic glycoside, amygdalin
Severity:
HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
Found in:
Maritime forest or natural area; weedy in disturbed areas on roadsides and along fencerows; landscape as broadleaf evergreen ornamental tree
Width:
15-20 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Leaf:
2 to 3 in. alternate, simple lustrous dark green leaves
Tags:
deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1135

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Photo by Bri Weldon, CC BY - 2.0