black cherry - Rosaceae Prunus serotina

Taxonomy

FamilyRosaceae
GenusPrunus
Speciesserotina
Common Nameblack cherry
iTree CodePRSE2

Plant Form

FormTree: medium, narrow canopy
Height80 feet
Spread60 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliagenarrow with serrate edge, orange hairs underside along mid-veinLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barkshiny, dark with lenticels when young, older dark curling scales (“burnt potato chip”)
Bud1/8-1/4" long, 6 scales. Terminal bud slightly larger.Bud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
TwigSmooth with a wide divergence in color with age, going from pale green to bright red to dark red-brown.
Flowernarrow grouping (raceme) of small/white flowers; perfect flowers; fragrant
Fruitsmall red/purple in clusters of cherry
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3aMin6.0SoilModerate
Max9aMax7.5SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntermediateIntolerantYes

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Mexico