Prunus serotina Ehrh.

Black Cherry, Rum Cherry, Wild Cherry

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 3 to 9

Size: To 60' tall

Exposure: Sun


Leaves alternate, dark green to 5" long, pointed apex, finely toothed. Crushed leaves smell like black cherries. White flowers in clusters in early spring followed by small black cherries in summer.


Native to eastern Canada, eastern and central US, Mexico and Guatamala.

Introduced to cultivation in 1629.

Published in Gartenkalender 3: 285 in 1784.

ARS-GRIN proposed for conservation (nom. cons. prop.) with a conserved type (Vienna ICBN Art. 14.9) Proposal 1886 Taxon 58: 312-4. 2009.

Wilbur in Sida 14:35-36. 1990.) argues that Catseby's Natural History Volume I plate 28 represents P. serotina.

Update 2014: nom. cons. (proposed 2009, approved Taxon 60: 231, 1213, 1610 in 2011) Type conserved also.


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