Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Rum Cherry, Black Cherry, Mountain Black Cherry, Choke Cherry
Description of Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Wild black cherry (Prunus serotina), a member of the Rosaceae (Rose Family), is a tree that grows up to 80 feet high. Cherries are some of the largest trees in the eastern forest, have a distinctive black bark, and are prized for their lumber. Wild black cherry is also one of the most important trees for pollinators and has white flowers in the spring. Cherry trees tend to be larger in northern areas and smaller in southern areas.
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Numerous pollinators, including bees and flies get nectar from the flowers. Birds and mammals like to eat the fruits.
This species grows in moist floodplains, lower slopes, dry woods, and thickets.
Range of Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) in the United States and Canada
The genus name, Prunus, is Latin for cherry. The species name, serotina, refers to the late flowering.