Prunus serotina
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Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Height: 15-24 metres; 50-80 feet Spread: 9-18 metres; 30-60 feet Sun: Full sun to partial shade Water: Medium Wildlife: Attracts many birds, including the Pileated Woodpecker, which forage on the abundant fruit Bloom Colour: White Culture: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Noteworthy Characteristics: Black cherry is one of the largest native cherries, typically growing to 50-80 feet tall with a narrow-columnar to rounded crown. It is perhaps most noted for its profuse spring bloom, attractive summer foliage and fall colour. Fruits are bitter and inedible fresh off the tree, but can be used to make jams and jellies. Fruits are attractive to wildlife. Native Americans prepared decoctions of the inner bark for cough medicines and tea-like cold remedies.