Prunus serotina Ehrh.
Family: Rosaceae
wild black cherry
Prunus serotina image
Paul Drobot  
Etymology: Prunus: ancient Latin name for the plum
Plants: perennial tree
Hazardous: The leaves of this plant contain cyanide and are therefore poisonous. Conservation Status: Native
- large trees

- branches lacking spines

- pair of glands at top of petiole (base of blade)

- elongate raceme with 12-20 or more flowers

- leaves ovate to elliptic or lanceolate, widest at or below the middle, glossy above

- margins crenulate - the teeth incurved

- sepals glandless or with at most 2-4 glands

- rust-colored hairs along the midrib on the underside of the leaves