Black cherry is a medium-sized, fast-growing forest tree growing to a height of 50-80 feet.

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About Black cherry

The wild black cherry tree (Prunis serontina) is an indigenous North American tree which will grow to between 60-90 feet tall with lightly serrated, shiny, dark green leaves. Growing black cherries have low branches which tend to droop and brush the ground.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name wild black cherry, rum cherry, or mountain black cherry
Maximum Reachable Height 50.00 to 80.00 feet
Flower Colour dark red to black in color
Bloom Time April to May
Difficulty Level dificult

Planting and care

  • There is no difference in care between sour and sweet cherries.
  • Apply mulch to retain moisture.
  • Drape netting over trees to protect the fruit from birds.
  • Water routinely in dry areas.
  • Thinning the fruit is not necessary for cherry trees.
  • Prune trees every year in late winter to encourage the growth of new fruiting wood. Don’t prune in the fall.
  • Fertilize each spring until trees start to bear, then fertilize only after harvest each season.

    Black cherry care

    Growing black cherries are hardy to USDA zones 2-8. Otherwise, the black cherry tree’s requirements are relatively simple.
    The tree prefers some sun exposure but is most often found in the wild as an under story tree, living beneath the canopy of forest and hence often in shadow. Black cherry trees will tolerate a variety of soil media.
    Before transplanting black cherry trees, however, keep in mind that the tree is quite messy. The dropping fruit tends to stain concrete and the remaining seeds can be treacherous for anyone walking beneath the tree.

    Sunlight Full sun to part shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil well-drained soils
    Temperature 1° to 6° C (34° to 43° F)
    Fertilizer apply any organic fertilizer

    Black cherry special feature

    The tree grows best in a slightly acid to neutral pH soil. Avoid wet sites.

    Black cherry uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • Spring blossoms, Fall color, Edible fruit, Showy flowers, Attractive bark

    Medicinal Use:

    • It is used for colds, whooping cough, bronchitis and other lung problems; diarrhea; gout; digestive disorders; pain; and cancer
    • It is also used in cough syrups because of its sedative, expectorant, drying, and cough-suppressing effects

    Culinary Use:

    • Fruit of Prunus avium (the common cherry readily available in stores) as well as wild cherry is eaten plain, added to pies, jams, juice, liqueurs and wine

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Black cherry ?

    Black cherry is commonly known as wild black cherry, rum cherry, or mountain black cherry

    How tall do Black cherry grow?

    On average Black cherry grows 50.00 to 80.00 feet

    What color are Black cherry ?

    A Black cherry plant bears flowers of color dark red to black in color

    When Black cherry blooms?

    With enough light, Black cherry may produce dark red to black in color flowers in April to May

    How hard is Black cherry to grow?

    A Black cherry is dificult

    How much sunlight does a Black cherry need?

    A Black cherry prefers Full sun to part shade

    How much water does a Black cherry need?

    A Black cherry prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Black cherry need?

    A Black cherry prefers well-drained soils

    What temperature does a Black cherry like?

    A Black cherry prefers 1° to 6° C (34° to 43° F)

    How often should I fertilize my Black cherry ?

    To encourage Black cherry growth, apply any organic fertilizer



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