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White Oak vs Black Cherry

Quercus alba

Prunus serotina

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White Oak
Black Cherry

White Oak is large, long-lived tree with an irregular trunk divided into spreading, often horizontal, stout branches. A highly adaptable tree, White Oak features beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall and green acorns.

Black Cherry is common in eastern North America but a rare find elsewhere. This tree is shade tolerant and is often found in old fields, forest openings, and along fencerows.

The fruit is used to flavor rum and brandy. It is also edible and often eaten raw or used in wine or jelly.

Black Cherry wood is a rich reddish-brown color and is strong, making it valued in cabinetry and woodworking. It is often used in reclamation as well.

The leaves can poison livestock as they contain cyanide derivatives and precursors. However, many have noted that deer still seem to browse their trees with impunity and birds and other animals eat the fruit when available.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

BLACK CHERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 2a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 24 m (80 ft)
Spread: 14 m (45 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: white, blooming in april-may
Bark: light to dark gray to white, fissures and scaly
Nuts: nuts within acorns; attractive for wildlife
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: bark and wilted leaves toxic to livestock

Other Names: mountain black cherry, wild cherry, wild rum cherry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no