Frangula caroliniana

Common name: Indian Cherry

Native plant

This small tree can be found in open woods on almost any soil type in southern Illinois and Indiana, but it is hardy in the Chicago-land area. We are growing it for the first time and have found it to be a real beauty. Reddish fruit (turning black later on) with very glossy green leaves are striking in the yard and in our containers. The name Indian Cherry may imply that the fruit are desirable, but according to sources we’ve found, it simply means that the fruit look very much like a cherry (very red) but do not taste like it. Indian Cherry could be a nice addition to small, shaded yards for people looking to make aesthetic augmentations.


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Plant Details

Plant type

Large Shrub, Shrub

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

Bloom period


Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Single trunk

General information

Mature height
12 Feet
Mature width
10 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
20 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Yellow White
Fall color
Yellow Orange

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