Wildflowers forum: Carolina Cherry Laurel, Prunus caroliniana.

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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Jan 30, 2013 11:38 AM CST

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This attractive evergreen shrub or small tree beautifies our yard year round, with lovely flowers in early spring providing nectar for butterflies.
It also makes an excellent shelter for many birds in winter while providing food for wildlife.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 31, 2013 3:02 AM CST
That is loaded with berries! Excellent ... and a nice size too. I do like plants with year around interest. Lovey dubby

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jan 31, 2013 10:59 AM CST
Pretty! Josephine, has any butterfly used it for a host plant?
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 31, 2013 11:16 AM CST

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Not that I know of Linda, but then I haven't looked for eggs or larvae on them either.
Do you think that the butterflies that use other cherries for larval food might use this one too?
That would be wonderful!! Smiling
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LindaTX8
Jan 31, 2013 1:08 PM CST
I've heard it mentioned as a host plant, so I see no reason why not. Right now, I have a few Red Admirals and Gulf Fritillaries, but they don't use the cherries, of course!
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 31, 2013 1:14 PM CST

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That is great news, I will have to keep an eye on it. Smiling
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Feb 13, 2013 9:29 AM CST

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Thank you, Josephine.

This is exactly what we are looking for to use as a screen on our property. Thumbs up

Such a pretty evergreen. Right now, we have no evergreens to speak of, just deciduous trees and underbrush!

I like that is is food for wildlife as well.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Feb 13, 2013 12:09 PM CST

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Yes, we love it at our house, and the critters do too. Smiling
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