Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2786

Tree
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Uncommon

Look for it in sandhills, other xeric sandy or rocky forests and woodlands, often associated with Pinus palustris (even in the Piedmont and Mountains), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer
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 alabamensis   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Prunus alabamensis   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-22-011b:
Prunus serotina var. alabamensis   FAMILY Rosaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Alabama Black Cherry


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Keith Bradley    kab_p_alabamensis_3620

April    Lexington County    SC

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

Alabama Black Cherry leafs out about 2 wks later than Black Cherry, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Keith Bradley    kab_p_alabamensis_3645

April    Lexington County    SC

Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1699

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1701

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1702

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

Leaves mostly 1.5-2X long as wide (vs. P. serotina mostly 2-2.5X), per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1703

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

Flowers in racemes, the rachis pubescent [vs. that of var. serotina glabrous], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm180505_1727

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_alabamensis_l_2

May    Harris County    GA

F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Leaves usually blunt tipped, lustrous above, undersides pale to whitened, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_prunus_alabamensis_1

September        

Bark light grayish, scaly, darkening w age to nearly black on lower trunk, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.