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Black Cherry vs Big Leaf Maple

Prunus serotina

Acer macrophyllum

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Black Cherry
Big Leaf Maple

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.

Big Leaf Maple has a broad, rounded crown and the largest leaves of all the maples. The pleasant shape and large leaves make this maple a striking and attractive tree. In autumn, the leaves turn vibrant shades of gold and orange.

Big Leaf Maple is a soil building species, meaning that it improves the soil conditions where it grows.

BLACK CHERRY QUICK FACTS

BIG LEAF MAPLE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 5a
Height: 24 m (80 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 14 m (45 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: yellow to gold
Flowers: white, blooming in april-may
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: low



Toxicity: bark and wilted leaves toxic to livestock


Other Names: mountain black cherry, wild cherry, wild rum cherry
Other Names: big-leaf maple, bigleaf maple, oregon maple


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