Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
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Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) - 01b

Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) - 01b
(Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) - 01b) The leaves of the wild black cherry are simple, long, and somewhat shiny, with finely toothed or serrated edges (margins).  The length of the mature leaves can vary from a little as 6 cm. to as much 14 cm.  The leaves of the wild black cherry can also be very toxic if eaten.  The undamaged leaves contain a chemical substance called prunasin, a cyanide precursor that in itself is non-toxic. When the leaves are damaged, the prunasin molecule is split and free cyanide (also called prussic acid or hydrocyanic acid) is liberated, which is very toxic if as little as two ounces or the damaged leaves are eaten.
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