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Cherry, Black – 24-36″ (2-0)

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is a 60 to 90-foot-tall native North American tree which has an oval silhouette. It produces small, bitter fruits which mature during summer and fall from red to dark purple or black.

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  • Seedling Size:  24-36″
  • Seedling Age:  2-0
  • Mature Height:  60 – 90 feet
  • Mature Width:  35 – 50 feet
  • Soil Type:  Medium, Coarse
  • Moisture:  Dry, Moderate, Moist
  • Sun:  Full Sun, 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.

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Did You Know?

Black Cherry is considered a pioneer species – they are one of the first to colonize previously disrupted or damaged ecosystems, beginning a chain of ecological succession that ultimately leads to a more biodiverse steady-state ecosystem.  In the Midwest, they can be seen growing mostly in old fields with other sunlight-loving species.