Prunus serotina
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Prunus serotina

wild black cherry

  family rosaceae 
  genus prunus 

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Genus  Prunus Species  serotina Variety  Cultivar  Common names  wild black cherry Family  ROSACEAE Specimen number  S10487 Data source  MedPl p255;Frgnt p309;Xeri p299
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  90' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Prunus serotina has flowers that are overpoweringly perfume scented. Wild black cherry can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. It needs soil that is dry. This plant is drought tolerant.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  astringent   irritable bowel relief Medicinal parts  Inner bark Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  The bark is toxic in overdose Medicinal notes  Prunus serotina has been used in traditional herbal healing as either an astringent or an irritable bowel relief. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the inner bark. The bark is toxic in overdose.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  exceedingly fragrant Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Overpowering Fragrance category  Perfume Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Prunus serotina is a wildflower.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Prunus serotina is a woody perennial. Wild black cherry is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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