Wild Black Cherry

The Wild Black Cherry, Prunus serotine, is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. Other common names are black cherry, rum cherry, and wild cherry. The mature Height is 50 to 60 foot and It is a moderately long-lived tree, with ages of up to 258 years known. The wild black cherry grows in moist, rich soils, as well as light, sandy soil.  

The trees are hardy, fast growing, and long-lived.  The leaves are oval with thinly pointed tips.  Autumn colors are yellow to orange-red and the fragrant flowers are small and white and bloom in May. Fruit bears every 3 to 4 years.  The fruit is dark purple, sweet and edible.

It has an almond-like odor when a young twig is scratched. Farmers are recommended to remove any trees that fall in a field containing livestock, because the wilted leaves could poison the animals.

The fruit is suitable for making jam and cherry pies. They are also a popular flavoring for sodas and used in many ice creams, cooking and smoking foods. Cherry  timber is considered the Premier timber for cabinetry. As for wildlife the fruit is eaten by the mallard, turkey, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, pheasant, many woodpeckers, and a wide variety of others.

The above picture shows some of the wild black cherry fruit clusters.

Wild Black Cherry

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