Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
1 rating

Friday - July 06, 2007

From: Savanna, GA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Trees
Title: Native cherry trees for Georgia
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Is it possible to grow any type of cherry in Georgia, USA?

ANSWER:

There are four trees native to Georgia that are technically cherries:

Prunus pensylvanica (pin cherry), Prunus serotina (black cherry), Prunus virginiana (chokecherry) and

Prunus caroliniana (Carolina laurelcherry).

All of these have fruits that are attractive to birds and other wildlife. The first three also have fruit that is edible by humans, although it is best when used to make jelly and wine. When eating the berries, care should be taken not to eat the seeds. The seeds, stems and leaves for all species are toxic: P. pensylvanica, P. serotina, P. virginiana, P. caroliniana


Prunus serotina

Prunus virginiana

Prunus caroliniana

 


 

 

More Trees Questions

Germinating Mexican Persimmon seeds in Austin, TX.
November 15, 2011 - I'm planning to germinate Mexican Persimmon seeds, and plant them this spring. I want a female for fruit. Is there any way to encourage a plant to be female, and if not, is there any way you can iden...
view the full question and answer

Demise of Flameleaf Sumac in Austin, TX.
July 31, 2012 - My Flameleaf Sumac suddenly died. Beetles came out around the trunk when I cut it down. How can I prevent this on the other sumac?
view the full question and answer

Safe time to trim live oak trees
June 20, 2008 - Our live oak trees need a little trimming, as some of the branches are hanging too low, almost to the ground. We planted them about 5 years ago, so they are well established, healthy trees. My husband...
view the full question and answer

Evergreen low litter tree for Surprise AZ
March 19, 2010 - Looking for a shade tree about 10-15 ft max with low litter and green all year round/full sun.
view the full question and answer

Spring blooming Acacia farnsiana in Austin
April 04, 2007 - I've been seeing a large shrub, possibly tree, around Austin this spring - and it is covered is small ball-like orangish-yellow blooms - very tightly covered in these blooms. From the car, it looks ...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.