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Prunus serotina /Black Cherry

Prunus serotina  / Prunus serotina
Summer canopy showing maturing fruit
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Summer canopy showing maturing fruit

Mid summer fruit in varying stages of ripening

Typical trunk with patches of silver coloring

Mostly mature black fruit ready to be visited by several species of birds

Red fruit in mid spring

Racemes of creamy-white flowers

Autumn colored foliage can be quite significant

Young immature fruit in early spring

Autumn colored foliage

Trunk with patches of silver coloring

Summer fruit and foliage

Typical form of a lawn specimen

Maturing fruit

Fruit and foliage

Mocking bird munching on ripe fruit

Close-up image of foliage

Shiny foliage and black ripened fruit

Spring flowers

Hanging berries on tips of tree twigs

Typical canopy in full bloom

Typical bark

Autumn color

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Scientific Name: Prunus serotina
Common Name: Black Cherry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Spring
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Plants for Autumn Color
Plants that Attract Birds
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: One of the great trees that provides food for migratory birds in April. The white, fragrant flowers are always abuzz with insects, including honeybees. The fruit are first green, turn to red and are black when ripe. Berries are steeped in vodka and sugar to make "Cherry Bounce," an intoxicating beverage loved by some of the brave.