Black cherry Prunus Serotina
Rose Rosaceae family

Leaves are elliptical, shiny, 2 - 6" long. Look for white or brownish hair at the midrib on the underside of the leaf. This is how you can distinguish black from choke cherry.

Flowers are white, in a long raceme, appearing about a week to 10 days after the pin cherry blossoms have gone by.

Fruits are blackish berries and appear about June. They are reported as bitter, but sometimes used to make jelly.

Twigs are reddish brown, and thicker then pin cherry, with an unpleasant, strong, almond-bitter smell when broken or scratched. Buds are pointed.

Bark is very dark, and breaks up into flaky sections that resemble burned potato chips when mature.

Form/Habitat: Black cherry is a medium tree, 60 - 80' tall, and 8 - 12" in diameter. It is common in our area, and can grow in rich and moist or dry and sandy soil. Tent caterpillar nests are often found in cherry trees.

Winter Identification: Use distinctive bark to identify this tree in the winter. Look for small flaky sections of bark that are roundish or oblong in shape.

NWI Status: FACU

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