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Plant Details

Prunus caroliniana [= Laurocerasus caroliniana]

Carolina Laurel Cherry

Scientific Name:

Prunus caroliniana [= Laurocerasus caroliniana]

Genus:

Prunus

Species Epithet:

caroliniana

Common Name:

Carolina Laurel Cherry

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Maritime forests and sandy hammocks in the Coastal Plain, escaped from cultivation to fencerows and suburban forests and thickets in more inland areas. In NC, common in maritime portions of southern coastal counties, and locally numerous farther inland in the southern Coastal Plain, but rare in the Sandhills (at least as a native). Accidental in the Piedmont, where certainly not native.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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