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Black wild cherry     

Prunus serotina

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Black wild cherry is part of the Prunus genus and its scientific name is Prunus serotina. The serotina part of this plant's botanical name means 'produced late in the season'.

Wilted leaves are dangerous to livestock.
The fruit is eaten by birds including the bluebird.2

Cherry wood is valuable in the furniture and cabinet industry. It is also used to flavor meats when smoked.1

INVASIVE in Europe and South America.1
Attracts caterpillars (Tiger Swallowtail, Red-Spotted Purple, Coral Hairstreak)
Good in naturalistic gardens, garden borders
Hard to find in nurseries

This variety has an almond fragrance and typically grows to 1.0 cm (0.39 inches imperial) in diameter, blooming in the following colours:   White. The mature flowers take a clustered form, with an approximate petal count of 5. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Smoky black. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Kelly green and   Banana yellow

A type of flowering non-edible fruit / ornamental, it mainly grows as a deciduous plant - which means that it sheds leaves annually.

Black wild cherry normally grows with a tree habit to a mature height of 30.48 metres (that's 99.06 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring, followed by first harvests in mid summer.

Black wild cherry is a great plant to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.

United States is believed to be where Black wild cherry originates from.

Typically, Black wild cherry is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Black wild cherry have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Black wild cherry

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Prefers rich soil. Will grow in clay.
Protect from wind

Black wild cherry likes a position of full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Black wild cherry is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will survive though longer winters with little or no damage.

See our list of companion Plants for Black wild cherry to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Black wild cherry from seed

must be chilled

Transplanting Black wild cherry

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Black wild cherry is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting Black wild cherry

Harvest in August in most areas.

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Black wild cherry Folklore & Trivia

One of the first trees brought back to Europe.1

Other names for Black wild cherry

Wild Black Cherry, Black Cherry, Rum Cherry, Mountain Black Cherry, Capulin, Wild Cherry, American Wild Cherry

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