Scientific Name: Prunus Serotina
Other names: Black Cherry
Cautions: Seed contains cyanide-containing compounds
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Wild cherry is commonly used in Western Herbal medicine as a remedy for colds and coughs. It is also found as flavoring agent for many cough drops and syrups. Scientific evidence has shown that the bark extract inhibits the growth of oral bacteria (S. aureus). (3)
The Waccamaw Siouan and Haliwa-Saponi still enjoy eating the wild fruit during the summer months. Cherries a widely cultivated now and can be found in grocery stores in many forms (e.g, jellies, pies, etc.).
1. Boughman, A.L.a.O., L.O. , Herbal Remedies of the Lumbee Indians. 2003, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc.
2. Native American Ethnobotany Database: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=prunus+serotina
3. S. Omar et al. 2000. Antimicrobial activity of extracts of eastern North American hardwood trees and relation to traditional medicine. J Ethnopharm 73: 161-170