Black Cherry


  • Native to Michigan
  • Tolerant of black walnut
  • High-Value lumber
  • Good for wildlife
  • Good for pollinator
  • Mildly shade-tolerant when young, becoming intolerant
  • Common understory tree in Michigan
  • Seedling height: 12″-18″

Height: 50ft-80ft
Spread: 15ft-25ft
Water Needs: Medium-dry to Medium-Wet
Soil Needs: Sandy-loam to loam
Growth Rate: Fast

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Black Cherry
Description Black cherry (Prunus serotina) is a medium-sized, fast-growing deciduous tree. It produces small, inedible fruits. Black cherry attracts more than 33 species of birds and many species of butterfly. Black cherry makes a great ornamental tree. In spring, black cherry has pretty white flowers and in fall it has dark purple or black fruit. *Black cherry should not be planted in pastures
Height 60 – 90 ft.
Spread 35 – 50 ft.
Growth rate Fast
Sun Full sun – shade
Water use Medium
Soil Medium, coarse soils
Bloom & Fruit
Bloom time March – June
Bloom color White
Fruit type Berry
Edible/Inedible Inedible
Nativeness Native
Benefits Ornamental, good for wildlife, good for pollinators, lumber
Climate Change Hardiness Low adaptability (US Forest Service)


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