Known As: Cherry Laurel
Latin Name: Prunus caroliniana
Description: Evergreen tree 15 to 2o feet in height. Trunk
and long, spreading branches covered with a smooth back bark. Smooth,
shiny green oval leaves from 5 - 7 inches long with finely toothed edges.
Upward clusters of small, fragrant white flowers. Fruit begins as
a green berry and turns black, resembling a black cherry.
Poisonous Parts: Leaves, twigs, bark. Glucoside
is the active component. Plant is cyanogenetic.
Symptoms: Bloat, salivation, convulsions, muscular paralysis,
dizziness, partial blindness, labored breathing, death possible.
Treatment: Contact your veterinarian. The intravenous injection
of sodium nitrite and sodium thiosulfate is suggested. It must be given
as early as possible. Treatments may need to be repeated within a few hours.