- Common Name(s):
- Poisonous Plants, Trees
Accent plant; cold sensitive; modest drought tolerance; usually does not fruit in NC; sensitive to severe cold. This plant is resistant to damage by deer. This plant is moderately salt tolerant.
Play Value: Wind Screen & Buffers; Wildlife Enhancement
- Evergreen shrub or tree with alternate, simple leaves which are leathery, veiny, and toothed; flowers small, white to whitish-pink, 5-parted; fruit fleshy, yellow
- 10-25 ft.
- White, fragrant flowers in late fall to winter; edible, pear-shaped, yellow fruit in spring
- Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
- Short, slender trunk; dense rounded form
- Poison Part:
- Pit kernel from cracked seeds
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Weakness, vomiting, labored breathing, twitching, stupor, convulsions
- Fruit eaten raw (if seeds not swallowed) or made into jelly or jam
- Toxic Principle:
- Cyanogenic glycoside
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
- Found in:
- Landscape as cultivated ornamental small flowering tree
- 8-10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- 6-9 in. alternate, simple leaf; wrinkled and dark green
NCCES plant id: 1036