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Black Cherry

Black Cherry

Prunus serotina

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Focal point, Keystone Species, Pollinator Plants

Height: 50 - 80'

Container Size: 3 Gallon

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: Prunus serotina, Wild Black Cherry, Rum Cherry, Mountain Black Cherry

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Description

Keystone Value: The genus Prunus (Cherry) supports over 450 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is a medium to large fast-growing tree that naturally occurs in thickets, woodlands, canyons, and floodplains. Its most striking ornamental quality is the 4-6″ long, drooping, showy racemes of small, white, lacelike flowers that appear in the spring. These prolific flowers are an important nectar and pollen source for native bees and other pollinators. Black Cherry is a host to the Columbia Silkmoth (pictured above), among hundreds of others. The reddish black berries that appear in August and September feed a variety of birds and mammals. The berries are edible* for humans, too, and can be eaten raw or made into wine and jelly. Juice from the berries can be used as a drink mixer, hence the name “Rum Cherry”, another common name for the Black Cherry tree. In fall, the leaves range in color from yellow to orange to red.

*Please note: While the berries are edible, the remainder of the tree can be considered toxic, especially the wilted leaves.


 

Additional information

Height

50 – 80'

Container Size

3 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to May

Bloom Color

White

Soil Moisture

Medium

Soil Type

Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names

Prunus serotina, Wild Black Cherry, Rum Cherry, Mountain Black Cherry

Shipping Information

We now ship from two locations!

Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

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Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.