Black Cherry Tree

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Boost biodiversity and introduce native trees into your landscape to support wildlife and pollinators in your area! Native trees are well-adapted to your area and grow effortlessly! Trees like the native Black Cherry Tree (Prunus serotina) are magnificent shade trees and forest members!

The oval, spreading, pendulous limbs and arching branches become filled with drifts of long pollinator-friendly white flowers held in drooping, bottlebrush clusters against the glossy leaves. Black Cherry trees rank near the top of the list of bird-friendly trees because of the purple-black fruits that ripen in late summer (August - October). Hanging in long clusters, the birds will descend into your garden!

An edible ornamental and aromatic tree, the bruised foliage and bark have a distinctive cherry-like fragrance, while the fruit has a bitter flavor, but your songbirds won't care. Once fall arrives, the foliage transforms into a sublime yellow hue!

While the fruit is edible by humans too, they're best in beverages, cooking, and sweetened in jams and jelly. Plus Black Cherry has a ton of medicinal uses for wildcrafters and herbalists. Growing naturally throughout forests and woodlands of USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9, potentially reaching 50 - 80 feet in height and 30 - 60 feet in width.

Planting and Application:

Fast-growing Black Cherry Trees are wonderful front and backyard specimens and outdo your typical flowering trees with their addition of fruit and habitat! Highly ornamental in their own right, these tough natives put up with anything your garden can throw at them!

The thick branching can be pruned to any size or shape, but when left to grow naturally, you'll enjoy an impressive lawn tree, backyard shade tree, or lovely specimen planting. Use in groupings for woodland groves and to create easy wildlife habitat.

When used as more of a shrub with the lower branching intact, Black Cherry trees can be used in naturalized thickets, shelterbelts, and hedgerows while also enjoying lush screening for your property and edges of the woods!

  • White Bottlebrush Spring Flowers
  • Edible Red-Black Fruit - Jams, Jelly & Medicinal
  • Pollinator Friendly Blooms & Bird-Friendly Food
  • Lush Green Leaves, Strong Branching & Fragrant Wood/Foliage
  • Specimen & Shade Trees, Naturalized Groupings & Habitat

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These fast-growing native trees need full sun for the most flowers and fruit. Plant in any kind of well-drained soil environment from neutral to alkaline. Add Nature Hills Root Booster for lifelong root support. Provide new trees with regular moisture, but once established, these trees are not so demanding. Top the soil with a 3-4 inch layer of mulch that helps hold in moisture and insulate the roots. Prune these native Cherry trees in the late winter or very early spring to correct shape or control size.

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Soil - Highly Adaptable
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Hardy Native Tree

The adaptable native Black Cherry Tree is a boon to your feathered friends, pollinators, wildlife and you and your family! Your landscape also benefits from the shade, beauty and ornamental fruit from this lovely tree! Order today at and your native environment will thank you!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Black Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3 - 9
Growing Zones 3 - 9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus serotina
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 50 - 80 Feet
Mature Spread 30 - 60 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Yellow, Red
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Late Summer
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes