Prunus caroliniana. CAROLINA CHERRY LAUREL. North Carolina to Texas
ROSACEAE (Rose family)

Carolina cherry laurel is found on the west side of Tresidder Union opposite the Faculty Club, and the south side of Ginzton Laboratory at Via Palou Mall. It also is used as a tall hedge in campus residential areas.

The lanceolate leaves, glossy above and pale below, with a tendency to be revolute or undulate, are 2 to 4 inches long. Spikes comprising a dozen or more small white flowers cluster in the leaf axils (March-April). Shiny black fruit about 3/8 inch long are almost filled by a slightly pointed nut which nevertheless contains enough meat to be attractive to birds.

Illus.: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

Other campus Prunus: Prunus armeniaca | Prunus caroliniana | Prunus cerasifera | Prunus ilicifolia | Prunus laurocerasus | Prunus lusitanica | Prunus lyonii | Prunus serrulata | Prunus subhirtella | Prunus × blireiana | Prunus × yedoensis

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