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Prunus caroliniana (P. Miller) Aiton. Subgenus: Laurocerasus. Carolina Laurel Cherry. Phen: Feb-Apr; Sep-Oct. Hab: Maritime forests and sandy hammocks in the Coastal Plain, escaped from cultivation to fencerows and suburban forests and thickets in more inland areas. Dist: Se. NC south to sc. Peninsular FL, west to AR and TX; mainly inland occurrences, especially off the Coastal Plain, are the result of naturalization from horticultural use.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = Ar, Fl3, FNA9, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, RAB, Tn, Tx, WH3, Robertson (1974); = Laurocerasus caroliniana (Mill.) M.Roem. – S, S13; = n/a – C

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACU
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU
  • Great Plains: FACU

Heliophily: 5

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