$21.99 – $64.99
Edible Native Plants, Focal point, Keystone Species, Pollinator Plants
50 - 80'
1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon
Average, medium, well-drained.
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun
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.
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.
We are now accepting preorders for Spring 2024!