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Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica

Prunus pensylvanica L. f. var. pensylvanica

Pin Cherry

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Cerasus pensylvanica

USDA Symbol: prpep

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Autumn Foliage: yes

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May


USA: CO , CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK


Use Food: EDIBLE PARTS: Fruits are used for jelly or syrup. Boil down in water, strain, and add sugar to taste. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: Wilted leaves, twigs (stems), seeds. Highly toxic, may be fatal if eaten. Symptoms include gasping, weakness, excitement, pupil dilation, spasms, convulsions, coma, respiratory failure. Toxic Principle: Cyanogenic glycoside, amygdalin. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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