LEAVES: Alternate, simple, 2"-5" long, narrow with
tapering tip, shiny above, paler below and usually with one or more
small glands at the base; margins with short in-curved teeth which
distinguish it from other cherries.
TWIGS: Smooth, reddish brown, marked with numerous
pale, round lenticels; often covered with a thin gray coating which
rubs off easily. Buds smooth, shiny, sharp-pointed, reddish brown
tinged with green.
FRUIT: Round, black with a purplish tint, 1/3"
-1/2" in diameter, containing a single round, stony seed. Arranged
in hanging clusters. Flowers white, in June.
GENERAL: Commonly 50'-75' high, Black cherry grows
throughout the State. It thrives best in fertile alluvial soil but
also grows on dry slopes. The hard reddish-brown wood is highly
prized for quality furniture and interior trim. Many game birds,
song birds, and mammals, including black bear, eat the fruits and