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Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)    
Family: Rosaceae        
                     
  Black Cherry  

Location:

  • Found in most soils, unless very wet or very dry

Characteristics:

  • Deciduous tree
  • Tall trunk with elongated crown
  • Height: 24 m (80 ft)
  • Fruits: June - October

Uses:

  • Edible blackish fruit
  • WARNING! Cyanide found in fresh seeds and wilted leaves, and they are poisonous to ingest.
 
 

 

Leaves:

  • 5-13 cm (2-5 in) long, 3-5 cm (1-2 in) wide
  • Long and narrow in shape; blunt teeth
  • Midrib fringed with brown hair
  • Distinctive cherry-like odor in crushed leaves
           
Black Cherry leaf
         

 

Bark:

  • Rough, dark outer bark
  • Reddish-brown inner bark (often exposed)
  • short horizontal scales
  • Buds:

    • Short, hairless buds
    • pointed bud scales
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