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Prunus serotina  Ehrh.


Botanical Name


Prunus serotina Ehrh.

English Name


Black cherry, Rum cherry, Cabinet cherry, Whiskey cherry, Wild black cherry, Wild cherry



Prunus eximia Small., Padus serotina (Ehrh.) Borkh.





General Info


A deciduous tree growing to 15-30 m tall. Bark is light to dark gray, developing squarish scaly fissures with age. Leaves are simple, 6-14 cm long, with a serrated margin. Flowers are small, white, and fragrant. Fruits are dark red, almost black cherries, about 0.33 in (0.8 cm) in diameter.

Herb Effects

Antitussive, astringent, pectoral, sedative, stomachic and tonic (bark of the root, trunk and branches); expectorant and mild sedative (root bark and the aromatic inner bark); astringent (fruit)


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Active Ingredients

Prunasin, benzaldehyde and tannin (bark)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Prunasin 138-53-4 2-phenyl-2-[3,4,5-tr
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C14H17NO6 Click Here To Enlarge
Benzaldehyde 100-52-7 benzaldehyde C7H6O Click Here To Enlarge
Tannin 1401-55-4 Not Available C27H22O18 Click Here To Enlarge


Medicinal Use

The bark is indicated in the treatment of pleurisy, pneumonia, acute hepatitis, inflammatory and febrile diseases, hectic fever, cough, colliquative diarrhoea, some forms of irritative dyspepsia, whooping-cough, irritability of the nervous system, cardiac palpitation, anemia, chlorosis, or nervous diseases. The tea made from bark is used in the treatment of fevers, colds, sore throats, diarrhea etc. A decoction of the inner bark has been used in the treatment of laryngitis. The root bark has been used as a wash on old sores and ulcers. Externally, it has been found useful, in decoction, as a wash to ill-conditioned ulcers and acute ophthalmia. The fruit has been used in the treatment of dysentery.



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