- Seedling Size: 24-36″
- Seedling Age: 2-0
- Mature Height: 60 – 90 feet
- Mature Width: 35 – 50 feet
- Soil Type: Medium to coarse
- Moisture: Dry, moderate or moist
- Sun: Full sun or partial shade
- Growth Rate: Fast
Key Characteristics of Black Cherry
- Sometimes used for jams, jellies, or liqueurs, these fruits are highly prized by birds and other wildlife who quickly devour them as they ripen.
- The finely-toothed, deciduous leaves are dark green and shiny, changing in fall for a short period to lovely shades of yellow, orange, or red, but this varies with weather conditions and among seedlings.
- The berries stain concrete as they fall in summer. It is recommended to not plant near sidewalks or concrete driveways.
- The leaves and twigs contain hydrocyanic acid which could poison livestock or other animals if consumed in large quantities.
Visitors Attracted to Black Cherry
- Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
- Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
Help Native Species!
Black cherry is an early and attractive bloomer, supporting pollinators in early spring.