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Black Cherry vs Kentucky Coffeetree

Prunus serotina

Gymnocladus dioicus

Black Cherry
Kentucky Coffeetree

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.

The Kentucky Coffeetree has the largest leaves of any native tree in North America! In the summer, its large green canopy provides shade. While in the winter, its leathery bean pods act as a decorative element against the sky as they rattle in the wind. Beautiful year-round, this tree is an elegant addition to any landscape.

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KENTUCKY COFFEETREE QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 24 m (80 ft)
Height: 21 m (70 ft)
Spread: 14 m (45 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: white, blooming in april-may
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high



Toxicity: bark and wilted leaves toxic to livestock

Toxicity: Uncooked pods are toxic to humans

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


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