Black Cherry

General Information

The bronze, light green leaves of the Black Cherry turn dark green in summer. The leaves are long and shiny, resembling the leaves of the sourwood. Yellow to red fall color is not especially significant. It is native to some areas of Eastern North America. They grow along streams and in lowlands. Clusters of white flowers emerge in spring. The bitter, fleshy fruits of the Black Cherry are not edible directly from the tree. The seeds contain a compound that releases an enzyme to break down the seed when ground which produces cyanide. However, juice from the fruits can be used in making jams and jellies.  It can also be used as flavoring in cakes and drinks. The wood is prized for its attractive reddish-brown coloring. Plant in large areas of the landscape. Great for areas where it can naturalize.  This tree is approximately 3 feet tall when shipped.

Additional Information

Prunus serotina  will grow best in Full to Part Sun.  It will grow 50-80′ tall with a spread of 30-60′. Plant in zones 3 to 9. Attracts birds.

Care & Shipping Notes

Plant in average, well drained soil.  Prefers moist, fertile soil. The deep tap roots makes the Black Cherry difficult to transplant. No serious insect or disease problems. Leaf spot, leaf curl, powdery mildew, root rot, fireblight and die back may occur. Tent caterpillars, aphids and leafhoppers, may cause damage to the foliage. Scale borers, Japanese beetles and spider mites may be pests. Branches may be damaged in strong winds. NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.

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Mature Width 30 to 60 Feet
Mature Height 50 to 80 Feet
Light Full to Part Sun
Planting Zone 3 to 9
Shipping Size 3 Feet Tall

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US Planting Zones


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