Also called Bird Cherry
More About Prunus pensylvanica
- Upright, almost columnar habit, forming colonies
- Burnished-bronze exfoliating bark
- Clusters of fragrant florets unfold with the leaves
- Small long-lasting light red sour fruit attracts birds
- Glossy narrow leaves turn burgundy to brown in the fall
- A pioneer plant that springs up after a fell-cutting or a fire
- Bloom Time: May
Native to Ontario and much of Canada.
One of the first trees to grow after a fire. It grows quickly, producing fruit after only 2-3 years, prompting a colony to spring up, providing shelter for other plants. Its life expectancy is 30 years.
Pin Cherry, Fire Cherry Growing and Maintenance Tips
This native plant grows best in a fertile, moist, well-drained soil, however, in its natural state, it will grow in soils ranging from stony sand to light clay.
Prunus pensylvanica Characteristics
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils
Landscape usesWoodland/woods edge