Black cherry (Prunus serotina) is also known as wild black cherry, mountain black cherry, and rum cherry. The fruit has been used to flavor rum and brandy (“cherry bounce”). Their small fruits are edible and are eaten raw and used in wine and jelly. Moreover, it leaves, twigs, bark, and seeds produce a cyanogenic glycoside. In fact, the inner bark, where the glycoside is concentrated, was used historically in the Appalachians as a cough remedy, tonic, and sedative. Black cherry wood is a rich reddish-brown color and is strong, hard, and close-grained. Additionally, it’s one of the most valued cabinet and furniture woods in North America.
Black Cherry Tree
Black cherry produce abundant small black fruits every year. The fruits are consumed by humans and it is important food for numerous species of passerine birds, game birds, and mammals, including
the red fox, black bear, raccoon, opossum, squirrels, and rabbits. The lumber is second only to walnut in demand as a fine hardwood.
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General Tree Height/Caliper: Most of our fruit trees (apple, peach, apricot, plum, pear, nectarine, quince, and cherry) are grafted/budded and are 4-6' tall with a caliper/diameter of about 1/4-3/4". Most have more than 5' height and 1/2" diameter. The other trees are seedlings, such as pawpaw, mulberry, persimmon, shade, berry, and flowering trees which range from 18-36" tall.
A rootstock primarily controls a tree's size and how early it bears fruit. Learn more about our specific rootstocks.