Duke Mansion Cherry Laurel

SPECIES: Prunus caroliniana DIAMETER: 24 ORIGINAL TREASURE TREE: Yes

Tree Location

Address:

400 Hermitage Road
Charlotte, NC 28207

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Coordinates:

35.202242
-80.828195

 

History

The Carolina cherry laurel is usually not thought of as an ornamental tree in the United States, but is planted extensively as a feature tree in European landscapes.  Many gardeners think of these plants as ‘native weeds,’ but the folks at the Duke Mansion, and myself, think they are an underutilized native attraction. 

Carolina cherry laurel is a broad-leaf evergreen small tree, with fragrant white stalked flowers in the spring.  The tree produces small black cherries, which are a primary food source for birds.  In addition, they are naturally deer resistant.

This original Treasure Tree stands just a few yards away from the massive tulip poplar just off the main drive up to the Duke Mansion.  It is easy to miss during most of the year, but a must see when in flower.  Come out an discover this unassuming Jewel of Queen Charlotte’s Crown.

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