The Carolina cherry tree (Prunus caroliniana) is a flowering evergreen tree that reaches a height of 20 to 40 feet at maturity. It produces white flowers on 2- to 3-inch racemes in early spring and tiny black drupes that birds eat.
The Carolina cherry tree, also known as the Carolina cherry laurel, is native to the Southeast and can be grown from zone 7 to zone 10. It prefers full sun and moist soil but is drought-tolerant once it is established. Landscapers use Carolina cherry trees to create hedges and privacy screens. Carolina cherry trees are potentially toxic to children and animals, due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides in the branches and leaves. However, this toxin also makes the Carolina cherry tree a deer-resistant plant.