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.
Zone: 2a Height: 24 m (80 ft) Spread: 14 m (45 ft) Moisture: normal, wet Light: partial shade, full sun Fall colour: yellow to orange Flowers: white, blooming in april-may Growth rate: medium Life span: medium Maintenance: low Pollution tolerance: high
Toxicity: bark and wilted leaves toxic to livestock
Other names: mountain black cherry, wild cherry, wild rum cherry
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