Prunus serotina / Black Cherry


Black cherry is a fast-growing native tree of field edges and a member of mature forest communities in some regions. It is a prolific fruiter, feeding many songbirds, and has exceptional value as a host plant for butterfly and moth species. The bark of black cherry is traditionally processed into a flavoring and as a therapeutic agent in certain coughs, hence black cherry soda and black cherry cough drops. The fruit is also edible, and tastes especially good when sun-dried.

Height: 30 – 80′  Blooms: May

Habitat: Dry to average, sun to part shade

Deer Resistance: Medium

Provenance: NJ



BONAP 2022 Prunus maritima Native Range Map

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