Black Cherry Tree

Black Cherry Tree

Black Cherry Tree Facts

Specific Name:   Prunus serotina
Hardiness Zones:   2 to 8
Growth_Rate:   Rapid
Site Requirements:   Sun; range of soil types
Texture:   Medium
Form:   Pyramidal
Height:   50 to 80'
Weight:   -
Leaf:   2 to 5" alternate, simple leaves; yellow to red fall color
Flower/Fruit:   4 to 6" raceme of white flowers in early spring; small juicy reddish black edible berries in summer that attract birds
Comments:    Native; subject to defoliation from eastern tent caterpillars; tends to be a messy tree - use along the edges of woods; leaves are poisonous to livestock; leaves and twigs have cherry fragrance and bitter taste
Habit:   Deciduous
Cultivars:   --