Wild Black Cherry


Common Name: Wild Black Cherry

Latin Name: Prunus serotina

Type: Large Tree

Exposure: Sun-Part Shade

Soil: Sand-Loam

Moisture: Dry-Slightly Moist

Tolerances: Drought, Salt, Juglones

Description: Fragrant white flowers in spring support many pollinators. A favourite of caterpillars such as the red-spotted purple and tiger swallowtail. Small red cherries in summer attract birds. Unique, curling black bark on mature trees looks like burnt cornflakes.

Planting Notes: Plant a minimum 3 m away from house or structures. Fast-growing and easy to grow. Light shade only.

Photo Credit: Anita Gould