Black Cherry

Scientific Name: Prunus serotina

Black Cherry Tree

Attributes

May

Attributes

Deciduous
Flowering

Plant Family

Rosaceae

Origin

Canada, northeast United States

Form

Oval crown, pendulous branches

Plant Size

60-90 feet tall, 35-50 feet wide

Description

The black cherry is the most common tree in Central Park. It is a naturally occurring species and can be found throughout the Park, from rock outcrops to woodland edges. Long, ornamental, white, fragrant flowers appear in May, but look little like the showy ornamental cherry blossoms hotly anticipated each spring. Birds and mammals eat the fruit of this tree and spread its seeds freely, contributing greatly to its dominance throughout the Park. The leaves of the black cherry also provide food for the Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.

Leaves

2-5 inches, alternate arrangement, edges tooth-like (small, evenly spaced), oval shape, dark green
Black Cherry Fruit

Fruit

Round, purplish drupe, bloom in August, edible
Black Cherry Flower

Flower

White, fragrant, bloom in May, pendulous racemes
Black Cherry Bark

Bark

Brown, slender stems; gray-brown color; scaly trunks like potato chips