Summary and Origin Edit

The Cherry Laurel (Prunus caroliniana), also known as the Carolina laurelcherryCarolina cherry laurel, or Carolina cherry, is a small evergreen flowering tree native to the lowlands of Southeastern United States, from North Carolina south to Florida and westward to central Texas. The species has also escaped into the wild in a few places in California.

Prunus caroliniana is not to be confused with its European relative Prunus laurocerasus, which is also called Cherry Laurel, though mainly known as English Laurel in the U.S.

Fruit and Flower Appearance Edit

Fragrant white to cream-colored flowers are produced in racemes (stalked bunches) 5–8 cm (2–3 in) long in the late winter to early spring. The fruits are tiny black cherries about 1 cm (0.5 in) in diameter, which persist through winter and are primarily consumed by birds.

Cherry Laurels

Cherry laurels on their tree.

Cherry Laurel Flowers

Fully developed cherry laurel flowers.