(Frangula caroliniana)
The Buckthorn Family (Rhamnaceae)

Indian Cherry, also known as Carolina Buckthorn, is a small tree with alternate, deciduous leaves, grayish-brown blotchy bark, small yellow-green flowers and small red drupes.


Bottomlands, stream banks, woods.

Interesting Facts: 

Though it is part of the Buckthorn family, the Indian Cherry rarely has thorns. Teas from the bark have been used for its laxative effects and the fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, but with caution, it may be toxic.

.3" in diameter, red to black, round drupe that ripens in late summer.
Small, pale, yellow-green, bell-shaped, appearing at the base of the leaves in late spring.
Wildlife value: 
Serves as a host for the Snout butterfly; songbirds and other wildlife consume the berries.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 2.00-5.00 inches
Tree height: 12.00-15.00 feet

Where to find Indian Cherry on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

BCY - Bald Cypress Loop 3.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.