Ship Season: Spring
Items Per Package: For each offer ordered, get 1 plant
Bloom Time/Days To Maturity: April-May
Sun/Shade: Full Sun to Part Shade
Restricted States: AE AK CA CO GU HI ID OR PR WA
Spacing: 30-60 ft.
Depth: Plant at same depth as in nursery
Spread: 30-60 ft.
Comments: Cherries range from bland to very bitter fresh. The fruits are best used in making jellies and jams, also often used to flavor liqueurs and other beverages. Ripe in late summer when they turn a dark purple-black. Produces masses of white blooms in spring, later than other cherries. Loved by birds. NAtive to the US. From http://www.wildflower.org/plants-- Ranging from southeastern Canada through the eastern United States west to eastern Texas, with disjunct populations in central Texas and mountains of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Guatemala, Black cherry is a 25-110 ft. deciduous tree, distinctly conical in youth. When open-grown it becomes oval-headed with spreading, pendulous limbs and arching branches. Crowded trees grow tall and slender. Southwestern varieties are often shrubby. Leaves shiny on the upper surface; blade oblong with a long pointed tip and tapering base, margins finely serrate. White flowers are held in drooping racemes after the glossy leaves have emerged. The dark red fruit changes to black from August through October. Aromatic tree; crushed foliage and bark have distinctive cherry-like odor and bitter taste, owing to the same cyanide-forming toxic compounds, such as amygdalin, found in the wood and leaves of some other woody members of the Rosaceae. Fall foliage is yellow. This widespread species is the largest and most important native cherry. The valuable wood is used particularly for furniture, paneling, professional and scientific instruments, handles, and toys. Wild cherry syrup, a cough medicine, is obtained from the bark, andjelly and wine are prepared from the fruit. While the fruit is edible and used in beverages and cooking, the rest of the plant contains amygdalin and can be toxic if consumed. One of the first New World trees introduced into English gardens, it was recorded as early as 1629 in Europe