Prunus caroliniana
Carolina cherry laurel

Rosaceae (Rose family)
North Carolina to Texas
Prunus caroliniana leaves, flowers, fruit. John Rawlings, ca. 2005

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 ⅜ inch long are almost filled by a slightly pointed nut which nevertheless contains enough meat to be attractive to birds.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.