Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
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Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

 

 

 

 

 

Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

After looking for many years, Dan collected cherries from a hardy stand of trees in the Davis Mountains found growing with Beaked Yucca and Havard's Agave. This drought hardy Black Cherry is sure to be an attractive addition to your landscape or acreage. In late Spring, it is covered with showy 5-8" racemes of fragrant white flowers that attract numerous butterflies and honeybees. The flowers contrast nicely to the glossy green leaves and silvery bark of young growth. Mature specimens have a distinctive, furrowed trunk that is nearly black. Fall brings 1/3" black cherries that are relished by songbirds and other wildlife. The tree's leaves also put on a colorful display as they turn beautiful shades of yellows, golds, and purple.

Pick a spot with good drainage. Black Cherry does not prefer heavy clay soils. Trees also need to be protected from deer when young.

These trees appear to be a more drought adapted version the Escarpment Black Cherry (Prunus serotina var. eximia), which is native to the Texas Hill Country.

Black Cherry flowers in raceme
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