Wild Black Cherry
Large oval-headed tree with arching branches covered with 5” long streamers of white flowers from May through June , 1/3” fruits turn from green thru red to black & are an important source of food for birds (turkey, ruffed grouse, bobwhite, catbirds, waxwings….) & other wildlife (rabbits, fox, squirrels…) in the fall when they ripen, long finely toothed glossy leaves turn yellow, red & orange in the fall, scaley dark bark of mature trees is interesting all year long, twigs have reddish bark, heat & drought tolerant, nice cut flowers, nectar source for butterflies & bees (including honeybees), excellent wood for woodworking & furniture, bitter-sweet fruit can be used in making jelly & wine, suitable for bonsai(!), food plant for more than 30 species of butterflies & moths including the Viceroy (Limenitis archippus), Columbia silkmoth (Hyalophora columbia), Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Red Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax), Promethea Silkmoth (Callosamia promethea) & Coral Hairstreak (Satyrium titus) caterpillars.
40 to 60’ tall & 20 to 30’ wide
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b
Native Range: NS, s. QC & ON south to c. FL & AZ, with populations in BC as well
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