Common Name: Black Cherry

  • Habit: Tree
  • Light: Shade (< 2 hrs. direct sun), Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
  • Water Needs: Dry, Average, Moist
  • Height: 30′ +
  • Flower: White, Mar-Apr
  • Fruit: Edible berry that turns red to black as it ripens, Jun-Jul.
  • Fall Color: Yes
  • Natural Habitat: Riparian, Mesic Forests, Seeps, Bottomland Deciduous Forest, Upland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge, Dry Uplands

Prunus serotina, also known as Black Cherry, is a 25-80ft (less commonly 100ft) tall native fruit tree that has dark, glossy leaves and bunches of white flowers in the spring. These flowers turn into dark, red fruits that shift to black from August to October. The fruit is edible, though more bitter than other cherry varieties, and is commonly used for syrups, jellies, and wines.

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