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Black Cherry

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Prunus serotina

Flower Description:

Dense clusters of white flowers appear after the leaves have emerged. Individual flowers are white with five petals. Pitted fruits are edible and often used in wine and jelly making.

Season BloomEarly-Late Spring
HabitatA Black Cherry tree can be easily identified any time of the year by its "broken" bark which is scaly and thin and resembles burnt potato chips. Valued as a hardwood by furniture and cabinet makers. The fruit is a valuable food source for birds and mammals.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are shiny on the upper surface, oblong with a pointed tip. Margins are finely serrated.
Soil Type All Types
Light Source Sun