Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Black Cherry

Prunus serotina
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Orange, Red, Yellow
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

50 to
60
feet

Spread:

20 to
30
feet
Size
Height: 50 to
60
feet
Spread: 20 to
30
feet
Size
Height: 50 to
60
feet
Spread: 20 to
30
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Shade tree specimen. Valuable wood for furniture, fruit is edible and suitable for jelly and wine-making.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Tolerant of many soil types, from wet to dry. Full sun-partial shade. Fast growing.
Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage
Basic Description

Tall, narrow tree. Dark green leaves in summer, turning a good yellow to red in fall. Beautiful white flowers droop like long tassles from the branches in May. Lots of red fruit ripen to black in September. Gray-black scaly bark that peels is very attractive. Edible fruit can be messy and seedlings can be troublesome in garden situations if not tended. Great food source for birds.

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