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Related to Prunus virginiana: Prunus virginiana demissa, Prunus serotina, Prunus pensylvanica
1. wild black cherry bark, the bark of Prunus serotina, used as a tonic and in cough mixtures as a bronchial sedative;
2. the choke cherry; the chief substitute and adulterant of Prunus serotina.
Toxicity The pits and leaves contain hydrocyanic acid—which metabolizes to cyanide, causing incoordination, imbalance, possibly death
n See wild cherry.