Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Carolina Laurel Cherry
Prunus caroliniana

Leaves are simple, alternate and evergreen with an occasional red tooth on the margin and a red petiole. Bark is gray-brown and mostly smooth. Fruit is a shiny blue-black drupe. The leaves and fruit are poisonous to livestock but the fruit is eaten by some birds. Form is up to 9 m (30 ft) in height. Carolina laurel cherry is found in the southeastern U.S. on a variety of sites.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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