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Belton, MO 64012
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Prunus serotina

Black Cherry

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Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)

In May, beautiful long tassels of white flowers droop from the branches. In September, red fruits ripen to black. The dark green leaves turn yellow to red in fall. The fruit is edible but can be messy and seedlings can be a problem if not tended. A terrific food source for birds.

Additional Information:


Height
50-60 Feet

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Spread
40-50 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata), Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa), Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina), White Oak (Quercus alba)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACU

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Root

Fibrous

Season of Interest

Winter (Nov-Mar)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Average
Moderate

Special Features

Interesting Bark
Good Berries

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Cover
Food/Small Animals
Food/Birds
Nesting