Black Cherry

Black cherry grows across southern Ontario. It prefers full sun, but can grow in a variety of soils and moisture levels. While it can grow to be 22 metres tall, with a trunk 60 centimetres in diameter, it can also be grown as a shrub by cutting it to the ground every few years. It produces clusters of small, dark red cherries from August to early September. While edible, the cherries are very bitter. Due to its colour and workability, its wood has been frequently used for fine carpentry. Black cherry can serve well as an ornamental tree due to its attractive flowers and fruit. (1)





(1) Source: Ontario Tree Atlas (