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Black Cherry vs Big Tooth Maple

Prunus serotina

Acer grandidentatum

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Black Cherry
Big Tooth 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 Tooth Maple is a versatile, cold hardy maple variety that is ideal for small landscapes. It has high ornamental appeal due to its striking red-gold autumn foliage and multi-stemmed form.

Big Tooth Maple is highly deer resistant and drought tolerant as well. Keep in mind the size and form of this tree can vary due to climate, moisture, and growing conditions. In drier spots, you'll notice Big Tooth Maple is more shrub like. In moist, full sun conditions, this tree can grow to be up to 50 ft tall. Plan your site accordingly.

BLACK CHERRY QUICK FACTS

BIG TOOTH MAPLE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 4b
Height: 24 m (80 ft)
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 14 m (45 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Fall colour: bright red and gold
Flowers: white, blooming in april-may
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
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: yes