Black Cherry

Prunus serotina

Black Cherry: Full Tree - Click for larger image
Leaves
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Bark
Distribution and Uses

Leaves

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Black Cherry: Leaves - Click for larger image
Black Cherry: Flowers - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

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Bark

  • Dark grey, rough with horizontal lines, becomes irregularly scaly; reddish-brown inner bark

  • Produces cherry aroma when crushed

Distribution & Uses

  • Prefers woods and thickets; not good in extreme soils—very wet or very dry

  • Distribution includes Texas north to Minnesota and east to Florida and Maine

  • Wood used for lumber, toys, paneling, and furniture

  • Fruit used to make jelly and wine; bark produces syrup used in cough medicine; berries and twigs eaten by variety of wildlife

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