Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1160

Tree
Perennial

Native to the Coastal Plain of the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in GA-NC-SC

Look for it as a native in maritime forests & sandy hammocks near the coast, and as an escape from cultivation in fencerows & suburban forests & thickets in more inland areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals
5 petals
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Prunus caroliniana   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Prunus caroliniana   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-22-012:
Prunus caroliniana   FAMILY Rosaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Cherry Laurel, Carolina Laurel Cherry


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JK Marlow    jkm0502c_12

February    Richland County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0502c_13

February    Richland County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0502c_14

February    Richland County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0502c_17

February    Richland County    SC

Roadside

Fruit a shiny black drupe, oval, often persisting until spring, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0502c_19

February    Richland County    SC

Roadside

Leaves evergreen with glossy upper surfaces, aromatic when crushed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    s050227_t

February    Richland County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0303x_01

March    Greenville County    SC

SC Native Plant Society Plant Sale

Flowers appear in early spring, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Keith Bradley    kab_p_caroliniana_2109

March    Lexington County    SC

Flowers minute, borne in short-stalked racemes in leaf axils, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Keith Bradley    kab_p_caroliniana_2147

March    Lexington County    SC

Sepals 1-1.5mm, obtuse; petals 2-3m long; stamens 10, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.