Black Cherry

Prunus serotina


In Stock
Key Features

50 - 80'

Container Size

1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon

Bloom Time

April, May

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, medium, well-drained.

Hardiness Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Light Requirements

Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun

  • Description

    Keystone Value: The genus Prunus (Cherry) supports over 450 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

    Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is a medium to large fast-growing tree that naturally occurs in thickets, woodlands, canyons, and floodplains. Its most striking ornamental quality is the 4-6″ long, drooping, showy racemes of small, white, lacelike flowers that appear in the spring. These prolific flowers are an important nectar and pollen source for native bees and other pollinators. Black Cherry is a host to the Columbia Silkmoth (pictured above), among hundreds of others. The reddish black berries that appear in August and September feed a variety of birds and mammals. The berries are edible* for humans, too, and can be eaten raw or made into wine and jelly. Juice from the berries can be used as a drink mixer, hence the name “Rum Cherry”, another common name for the Black Cherry tree. In fall, the leaves range in color from yellow to orange to red.

    *Please note: While the berries are edible, the remainder of the tree can be considered toxic, especially the wilted leaves.

  • Shipping Information

    We ship from two locations:

    • Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

    • Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

    Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.

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