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Common Name: Black Cherry

Species Name: Prunus serotina Ehrh.

Family Name: Rosaceae

Plant Type: Trees



Plant Facts  
Origin North America
Duration Perennial
Distribution in Oklahoma Eastern third of the state
Sun Preference Intermediate to intolerant of shade
Susceptibility Fungal diseases like leaf spot, powdery mildew, root rot and fire blight



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics

    One of the most valuable hardwoods in U.S. where it grows well

  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 18-inch diameter, 50 to 70-foot height
    • Leaves: Decidious Broadleaf
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Oblong, finely serrate
    • Stipules: Yes
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petals: Many spreading or drooping
    • Petal Number: 5
    • Flower Color: White
    • Flower Timing: Late Spring
    • Fruit Type: Drupe



Habitat Closed canopy forest
Soil Type Moist
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6 to 8
Successional Stage Early to mid-successional


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