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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American cherry, American black cherry, cabinet cherry, rum cherry, whisky cherry, wild cherry
The trees being planted in the new woodland include a mix of ash with some oak, lime, field maple, wild cherry, hawthorn and holly.
In the woods there are pure white flowers of wild cherry trees and underneath, bluebells and wild garlic.
Schools can choose from a hedge pack made up of hawthorn, hazel and dog rose, or a copse pack of silver birch, rowan and wild cherry.
It tastes like wintergreen and just that works wonders if you are walking in the woods and are near a wild cherry tree.
Choose from four flavours including Tangy Orange, Wild Cherry and Smooth Spearmint.
Conservative MP Mrs Kirkbride paid a visit to the wood to witness the replanting of the conifers with oak, ash, alder and wild cherry trees.
To clear up the runny nose and sinus infections, try giving daily doses of Echinacea and Wild Cherry Syrup.
Dessert: Individual red berry brle topped with caramel shards, served with a berry salad and wild cherry biscotti.
Calum MacIntosh, of BTCV Cymru, said: ``With the help of the children we planted an avenue of ash and wild cherry saplings, and also filled gaps in a boundary hedge.
The flavours are renamed Classic Original, Summer Strawberry, Tangy Orange, Smooth Spearmint and Wild Cherry.