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K: Black Cherry

Prunus serotina

Black Cherry is a medium-sized tree prized for its rich reddish wood. Native to the eastern and central United States, it grows best in areas with moist, deep soil and plenty of sunlight. Many species of birds and mammals enjoy its late-ripening cherries, while deer and rabbits prefer to browse foliage and stems.


Black Cherry is named for its dark-colored bark, which breaks into irregular shapes and is sometimes compared to burnt cornflakes. Its simple, oblong leaves are finely serrated.

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