Prunus serotina

Common name: Black Cherry

Native plant

Black Cherry is one of the few large trees that has highly visible white flowers in the spring. It is a very fast growing tree at 30-36 inches per year. It produces an abundance of fruit which birds relish. Black Cherry should not be planted over a patio or sidewalk due to messy fruit. This tree can be easily identified by its bark, which resembles potato chips! Requires full sun and good garden soil.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Sandy Soils, Savannas, Urban Suited

Growth form

Single trunk, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
50 Feet
Mature width
30 Feet
Max height
60 Feet
Max width
40 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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