| Black Cherry, Wild Black Cherry, Rum Cherry, Wild Cherry|
Prunus serotina subsp. serotina
Black Cherry is a fast-growing medium to large tree that grows widely across east Texas on neutral to acidic soils. It grows best on moist, well-drained sands and sandy loams in areas with bright sun. Long racemes of white flowers appear in early spring with the leaves, which are a lustrous green in summer, then turn yellow in the fall. Black cherry wood is valued in furniture and panel crafting and the tree and fruits are important for wildlife food and shelter. CAUTION: Wilted twigs and leaves contain high levels of prussic acid that can be fatal to humans and livestock if consumed.
Plant Habit or Use: medium tree large tree
Flower Color: white racemes 4 to 6 in. long
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: small clusters of pea-sized purple-black to red-black cherries
Height: to 110 ft.
Width: to 90 ft.
Plant Character: deciduous
Heat Tolerance: high
Water Requirements: medium
Soil Requirements: acid neutral