• Prunus serotina


    "Black Cherry is a deciduous tree that may grow 60 to 80 feet tall.... The tree has alternate leaves with a finely toothed margin, inconspicuous glands on the stem, and yellow-brown pubescence on the underside of the leaf. The bark of the tree is marked by horizontal lenticels. As the tree ages, it exhibits a scaly or flaky pattern. In the spring, small, white flowers mature. The tree produces a round, dark purple fruit that matures in late summer.

    "The bark of mature trees develops a dark scaly or flaky pattern. Bark, roots, and leaves contain concentrations of toxic cyanogenic compounds, hence the noticeable bitter almond aroma of the inner bark.

    "Prunus serotina can be pruned and kept at shrub size by cutting them to the ground every 2-3 years." (North Carolina Extension)


    1. "Form" by Kathleen Moore is licensed under CC BY 2.0
    2. "Prunus serotina closeup" by Amerikaanse vogelkers is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
    3. "Immature Fruit" By Rasbak - Own work, is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

    North Carolina Extension plant description:   Prunus Serotina (Black Cherry, Wild Cherry, Wild Rum Cherry) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/prunus-serotina/. Accessed 10 Feb. 2022.

    "Flowers" by Andreas Rockstein is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

    "Lenticles shiny bark" by Kathleen Moore is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    Common Name: black cherry
    Type: Tree
    Family: Rosaceae
    Native Range: North America
    Zone: 3 to 9
    Height: 50.00 to 80.00 feet
    Spread: 30.00 to 60.00 feet
    Bloom Time: April to May
    Bloom Description: White
    Sun: Full sun to part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Suggested Use: Shade Tree, Flowering Tree
    Flower: Showy, Fragrant
    Leaf: Good Fall
    Attracts: Birds
    Fruit: Showy

    Information and images compiled by Erik N. Vegeto

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