Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Black Cherry
Prunus serotina
Location: Scattered in woods, mostlly near western edge. One near the two young hickories makes a spectacular display in fall
The Black Cherry is a pioneer species. In the Midwest, it is seen growing mostly in old fields with other sunlight loving species, such as Black Walnut, Black locust, and Hackberry. It is a moderately long-lived tree, with ages of up to 258 years known. The fruit is suitable for making jam, cherry pies and has some use in flavoring liqueurs; they are also a popular flavoring for sodas and used in many ice creams. The timber is valuable, perhaps the premier cabinetry timber of the U.S., traded as "cherry". It is known for its strong red color and high price.
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Genus: Prunus (plum)
Family: Rosaceae (rose family)
Order: Rosales (buckthorn, rose, elm, mulberry…)
Class: Magnoliopsida (Dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)