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Prunus pensylvanica

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

Interesting Notes:

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.

Height:

8-10 m

Spread:

3-4 m

Colour:

White
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils

Attributes

Fruit
Deciduous
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Tree form
Upright
Columnar

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge
Naturalizing

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