black cherry bark

Common Name: black cherry

Scientific Name: 
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Species: serotina

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 50 to 80 ft
Width: 30 to 60 ft

Description:​ Black cherry is primarily a forest species that does best in mesic, mineral soil. This species is shade-intolerant, and is found in successional vegetation or in canopy openings. Flowers are small, white, and 5-petaled blooming in spring, and early summer. Fruit is a berry-like, round drupe that is black when ripe. The fruit is edible when ripe, and is an important food source for wildlife. Cherry black knot, a fungal disease, is a common problem on the twigs, branches, and trunk. 

black cherry bark
black cherry bark 2
black cherry foliage


Paul Wray, Iowa State University,

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