21. Black Cherry

The highly prized, richly colored wood of Black Cherry is used in veneers, furniture, toys, scientific instruments and cabinets. A cough syrup is still made from the bark, and the cherries have been used in wines, jellies and as a flavoring agent. The leaves are toxic to horses and cattle; especially when wilted. It is widespread over most of the eastern U.S. but usually considered too "weedy" to plant as an ornamental.