Black Cherry : Overview

Prunus serotina

Full profile of black cherry tree (Nicholas A. Tonelli, 2012)



Ken Yamazaki

The black cherry is a tree that has had great contributions to American culture. Its use by the early colonists as a substitute for mahogany has passed down today in the form of the many cabinets using its beautiful wood. Its fruits have had great influence on our food, and the bark's medicinal qualities have remedied a host of common illnesses throughout history. I hope you'll read more to learn about this wonderful tree!

Prunus serotina bark

Closeup of cherry bark (Rob Duval, 2013)