Wild Cherry; Chokecherry; close-up
/ Rose Family
The twigs of these trees contain cyanide, if you scrape a bit of the bark from one and sniff the twig you'll smell the distinctive "bitter almond" odor from the cyanide (Cyanogenic glycoside). Needless to say, they are poisonous! Wilted twigs and leaves of this tree have killed livestock that have eaten them. It is poisonous to sheep, cattle, horses, swine, goats and moose. The leaves and seeds contain the poisons amygdalin and prunasin.