Black Cherry 2 - 3' Seedlings

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Black Cherry

Prunus serotina

The Black Cherry tree flowers profusely with elongated, almost bottle brush shaped, fragrant flower clusters in the spring.  Leaves are dark green and turn yellow in autumn.  Its bark is broken and dark grey to black in appearance, and looks to some like burnt potato chips.  In autumn, the cherries ripen and are edible, commonly used in making great pies and wines.  This Black Cherry variety is hardy in northern areas down to zone 3.  An excellent choice for foresting an area for future harvest as this tree provides very valuable timber.  This cherry likes moist, rich soil and full sun but grows well in other locations as well.

  • Zones
    3 to 9
  • Soil Type
    Light Clay, Loamy and Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    60-80'+ Height and 25-35' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Fast - 12-24+" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Drier to wetter soils, just avoid the extremes

Product questions

  • Justin Abfalter
    Aug 13, 2019, 18:46

    Are the black Cherry trees self pollinating? If not, will I need two black cherries or another species to pollinate.

    Aug 14, 2019, 13:00

    Black cherry flowers flowers are insect pollinated. Though the seed will likely not be viable if planting only one tree, the insects will pollinate the tree and therefore, the tree will produce cherries.

This selection is sometimes also known as the Mountain Black Cherry or the Rum Cherry.

For highest cherry yield, the Black Cherry should be planted in full sun.  This selection is also drought tolerant once it is established.

Special Note:  Livestock caretakers should use caution when planting on their property.  The bark, twigs, leaves and cherry pits (seeds) contain cyanide which can harm livestock.  Other wildlife are seemingly unaffected.

Common uses for the Black Cherry tree:

  • Investment timber, valuable yield
  • Beautiful wood used by wood workers
  • Nice show of fragrant flowers in spring
  • Cherries eaten raw and used for making jams, pies, wine and liquors

The Black cherry provides important food for numerous species of song and game birds as well as red fox, black bear,  raccoon, opposum, squirrels and hares.  The cherries are eaten by birds such as the American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Nothern Mockingbird, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Catbird, Bluejay, Nothern Cardinal, Northern Bobwhite, Wild Turkey, Crows and many types of Woodpeckers.

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