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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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I like pinot noir to pick up everything: blackberry, floral, wild cherries, wildflower honey, vanilla, and to finish with luscious tannins, he says.
Take a cup of blossoms of red clover (Trifolium praetense), 1 cup of finely cut sprigs of new growth white pine (pinus strobes), 1 cup of finely chopped leaves of mullein (Verbascure thapsus, now endangered but you can grow your own from seed from Richter's Herbs, Goodwood, Canada), and 1/2 cup of finely chopped inner bark of any of your wild cherries, the best bark is from a mid-sized branch, not a twig or the trunk.
The trout fishing gets good as the wild cherries bloom; and when oak leaves and maple seed-keys reach a certain early stage of development, he can find morel mushrooms.