Prunus serotina, commonly called Black Cherry, is a deciduous tree or shrub belonging to the Prunus genus. The species is widespread in North America and South America. Prunus serotina is a medium-sized and fast-growing tree, which can reach 15/20 meters in height. The leaves are 5-13 cm long, ovate-lanceolate in shape, with finely toothed margins. The color of the autumn leaves is yellow to red. The flowers are small, white and with 5 petals. The flowers give rise to edible red-black “berries” (drupes), with a diameter of 5-10 mm
The flowers are followed by hanging clusters of small red cherries that ripen in late summer to dark purple-black. The fruits are bitter and inedible fresh from the tree but can be used to make jams and jellies. Fruit has also been used to flavor some liqueurs such as brandy and whiskey. The pitted fruits are eaten raw or made into jelly when combined with apples or ice cream alone with the addition of pectin.
Tropical plant, does not tolerate winter frosts. Grow in full sun.
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