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Black Cherry

Black Cherry Tree
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.

Common Name: Black Cherry

Scientific Name: Prunus serotina

Origin: Canada, northeast United States

Family: Rosaceae

Size: 60 - 90' tall, 35 - 50' wide

Form: Oval crown, pendulous branches

Culture: Prefers deep, moist, fertile soil; full sun to part shade; salt tolerant


2 - 5", alternate arrangement, edges tooth-like (small, evenly spaced), oval shape, dark green


White, fragrant, bloom in May, pendulous racemes


Round, purplish drupe, bloom in August, edible


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