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Black Cherry vs Mustang Cherry Plum

Prunus serotina

Prunus x Jefchum

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Black Cherry
Mustang Cherry Plum

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.

Mustang Cherry Plum is a cherry-plum hybrid. You'll enjoy its fragrant white flowers in spring and sweet fruit in late August (as long as there is a pollinator nearby). Mustang Cherry Plums are about one inch diameter and they have a strong cherry taste. This plant is small enough to fit in moderately sized yards.

Because of Mustang Cherry Plum’s genetics and cold hardiness, it can also be used as grafting rootstock.

BLACK CHERRY QUICK FACTS

MUSTANG CHERRY PLUM QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 24 m (80 ft)
Height: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 14 m (45 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fruit size: 1 inch in diameter
Flavor: sweet with red strong cherry taste
Flowers: white, blooming in april-may
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium



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