wild cherry

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A deciduous shrub, the bark of which contains coumarins, cyanogenic glycosides, prussic acid, tannins, and volatile oil; it is antitussive, and an ingredient of cough syrups
Toxicity The pits and leaves contain hydrocyanic acid—which metabolizes to cyanide, causing incoordination, imbalance, possibly death

wild cherry

The dried bark of Prunus serotina, used principally in the form of syrup as a flavored vehicle for cough medicine.

wild cherry,

n Latin names:
Prunus virginiana, Prunus serotina; part used: bark; uses: coughs, colds, respiratory ailments, diarrhea, astringent, bronchial sedative, possible anticancer agent; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; may cause respiratory depression, cardiovascular depression, low blood pressure, possible respiratory failure, teratogenic; contains cyanide compounds. Also called
black cherry, black choke, choke cherry, rum cherry, or
Virginia prune.
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Prunus avium, Cerasus avium of the family Rosaceae.
Some famous "international" cherries include Prunus avium, which is also called gean, mazzard, cherry, European cherry and common wild cherry and is native to Europe, Asia and North Africa.
However a related species, Prunus avium, or European cherry, is commercially valued for lumber.