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Cultural Details for Prunus serotina

Common Name:
Black Cherry

Growth Rate:
Fast, 1.5-2.5' per year

Average Mature Height:
50-60, occasionally reaching 100'

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Flowers are white, fragrant, 0.33" across, May, borne in pendulous, 4-6" long, 0.75" diameter racemes

Fruit Details:
Fruits are red, changing to black, 0.33" across, ripening in August and September and have a bitter-sweet and wine-like flavor and are often used for making wine and jelly.

Fall Color:
The leaves are often a good yellow to red in fall

Bark Details:
Bark is gray-black and scaly on larger trunks.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Ontario to North Dakota, Texas and Florida. Introduced 1629. Zone 3 to 9.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Best in deep, moist, fertile soils but is also found growing on rather dry, gravelly, or sandy soils in the uplands.

This plant was blooming:
4/27/2010 - 5/10/2010
4/30/2007 - 5/2/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
443, 445, 1147, 1493, 5272, 8607, 8613, 8624, 8629

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.