Herbs Guide

Wild Cherry

Family Name: Rosaceae

Botanical Name(s): Prunus Serotina

Popular Name(s): Wild Cherry Bark, Virginia Prune Bark

Parts Used: Dried bark.

Habitat: Although native to North America, wild cherry trees now grow in many other countries.

Description: This tree grows from 50 to 80 feet high, and 2 to 4 feet in diameter. The bark is black and rough and separates naturally from the trunk. Leaves deciduous, 3 to 5 inches long, about 2 inches wide, on petioles which have two pairs of reddish glands.

Uses: Wild Cherry Bark is used mainly in the treatment of irritating coughs, bronchitis and whooping cough. It is used with other herbs in the control of asthma. This herb may also be used as a bitter where digestion is sluggish. The cold infusion of the bark may be helpful as a wash in cases of inflammation of the eyes.