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Prunus serotina

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

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and parts of North America.

Native Americans prepared decoctions with the inner bark for cough medicines and tea-like cold remedies.

Zone:

3

Height:

18-24 m

Spread:

8-10 m

Colour:

White
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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

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Fragrant
Fragrant
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Fruit
Deciduous
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Early Spring

Habit

Oval
Upright

Foliage Color

Yellow
Green (dark)
Red

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Specimen

 Suitable Substitutions for Prunus serotina

Prunus americana

Prunus americana

American Plum

Prunus padus

Prunus padus

Mayday Cherry