Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1161

Tree
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Common (rare in GA)

Look for it in high elevation forests, thickets at high elevations resulting from fire or logging, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Drupe

 

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

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

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-22-008:
Prunus pensylvanica   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Prunus pennsylvanica

 

COMMON NAME:
Fire Cherry, Pin Cherry


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image of Prunus pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm160503_146

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers borne in umbels (vs. those of Black Cherry borne in racemes), per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Prunus pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm160503_148

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Inflorescences umbellate fascicles or corymbs. Pedicels glabrous, per Flora of North America.

image of Prunus pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm160503_151

May    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Pedicels more than 1cm long; rachis arising directly from old wood, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Prunus pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm160503_280

May    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Prunus pensylvanica

JK Marlow    jkm0407t_35

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Orange lenticels, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

image of Prunus pensylvanica

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_pensylvanica_5

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

image of Prunus pensylvanica

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_pensylvanica1_2

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

image of Prunus pensylvanica

Ron Lance    rwl_ppensylvanica

July    Jasper County    NC

Leaves long-tipped, finely and sharply toothed. Fruit red, on slim stalks, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.