Facts About Wild Cherry Trees

Wild cherry trees are typically black cherry trees, although pin cherry trees can also be wild. The wild cherry is a deciduous tree, and prefers USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.


The wild black cherry is a medium-sized tree, growing to a height of 70 feet with a trunk size of 1 to 3 feet. The trees have numerous branches and can also have irregular crowns, making the tree look a bit dishevelled.


Flowers on the wild cherry tree open in May or June, primarily in a white colour. Fruit ripens in September or October, with a purplish-black colour, hanging in clusters. Though edible, the cherries are slightly bitter in taste. Fermenting creates a cherry brandy.


Black cherry trees grow around oak hickory, sassafras sugar maple, and a variety of other trees. Goldenrod and bracken fern can have negative effects on the tree. A large variety of birds and animals eat the tree's fruit, helping spread the black cherry seeds through their dung.

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