Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) - Leaves Be careful of the leaves and the cherry pits/seeds. They contain cyanide and can be poisonous. TOXICITY RATING: High. ANIMALS AFFECTED: All animals may be affected. Ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, deer) are more at risk than monogastric animals (dogs, cats, pigs, horses) and birds. DANGEROUS PARTS OF PLANT: Damaged leaves pose the greatest risk. All parts are potentially toxic.
Black cherry or rum cherry belongs to the genus Prunus. This is native to Quebec & Ontario, Texas & central Florida, & in the mountains of Mexico & Guatemala. The Black cherry is suitable for making jam, cherry pies and to flavor liqueurs; they are also a popular flavoring for sodas and ice creams. The black cherry is commonly used instead of sweet cherries to achieve a sharper taste. It is also used in cakes which include dark chocolate, such as a Black Forest gateauand as garnishes cocktails.
Wild Black Cherry. Large tree for edge. important source of food for birds, leaves turn yellow, red & orange in the fall, scaley dark bark of mature trees is interesting all year long, heat & drought tolerant, food plant for more than 30 species of butterflies & moths including the Viceroy (Limenitis archippus), Columbia silkmoth (Hyalophora columbia), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Red Spotted Purple