Black cherry (Prunus serotina) commonly called, wild black cherry, rum cherry, or mountain black cherry, is a deciduous tree or shrub belonging to the genus Prunus. The species is widespread and common in North America and South America. Black cherry is closely related to the chokecherry (Prunus virginiana); chokecherry, however, tends to be shorter (a shrub or small tree) and has smaller, less glossy leaves.

Black Cherry Facts

  • Scientific name: Prunus serotina
  • Range: across most of the Eastern U.S.
  • Height: 50-60 feet
  • Fruit: small cherries held in an elongated cluster that ripen to a purple-black color
  • Flower: small, white flowers on elongated clusters that have a slightly unpleasant odor
  • Fall colors: leaves turn yellow and orange