Saturday, May 15, 2010

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Prunus serotina is known by the common names Black Cherry, Wild Black Cherry, Rum Cherry, or Mountain Black Cherry.

The tree. This tree is 20+ feet high; it's growing in the open along a fence line at our place. Usually I see them growing at the edge of woods.

Some flowers

The leaf

Flower buds

Flowers opening

Flowers fully open

The ‘green’ berries. The will be black when ripe. The fruit is edible and is used commercially as a flavoring.

Prunus serotina
is native to the United States and grows in the eastern United States and Canada. It also grows in Arizona, New Mexico, and British Columbia.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)

Identification resources:
- Southeastern Flora: Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Wikipedia: Prunus serotina

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