Black Cherry

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The black cherry occurs in the eastern United States and southern Quebec and Ontario. It can grow up to 99 feet high (30 metres) and live as long as 150 years.

Two small glands located at the base of the leaf are characteristic of cherries. The black cherry is no exception to the rule.

The fruit is a reddish-black cherry, which is edible although quite acidic. In the United States, the fruit is used to flavour certain beverages such as rum.

The young bark has conspicuous, horizontal lenticels that, with age, become large curved scales, squarish in shape. The bark has medicinal properties.

This species is found on a wide variety of soils. It is often mixed with other tree species such as the sugar maple and tulip-tree. However, being intolerant of shade, it does not occur as undergrowth.

The black cherry is one of the largest cherries and, as such, its wood can be very useful. The wood is a decorative reddish-brown and is commonly used for furniture-making, since it is easy to work.

Due to its aesthetic appeal, the black cherry is used to landscape parks and streets.


Leaf

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Leaves, alternate, simple and double-toothed.

Fruit

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Fruits, reddish black, edible drupes (stone fruits), in clusters.