Also called Wild Cherry, Wild Rum Cherry
More About Prunus serotina
- Narrow, columnar to rounded crown
- Pendulous clusters of fragrant white flowers
- Flowers are followed by red pea-sized cherries, ripening to purple-black
- Dark green elliptical to ovate leaves turn yellow and rose in the fall
- Bloom Time: April to May
Native to Ontario and parts of North America.
Native Americans prepared decoctions with the inner bark for cough medicines and tea-like cold remedies.
Black Cherry Growing and Maintenance Tips
A large tree at maturity, making it a good specimen for open, sunny locations. The fruit is extremely bitter to humans but loved by birds.
Prunus serotina Characteristics
Moist to Average
Flowering TimeEarly Spring