Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
[ Trees > Hardwoods . . . ] Forest Type: Various
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: Avid colonizer of old fields and waste areas; in mature forests usually mixed with other trees.
Stature: 40-80 feet high; trunk to 3 feet in diameter; when mature featuring a spreading crown.
Leaves: 2-6 inches long; simple; alternate; oval with pointed ends; edges finely toothed with teeth that point slightly inward; dark green and shiny above; paler green below, often with fine reddish brown hairs along the middle vein.
Bark: When young papery and reddish brown, with horizontal, corky blisters; when mature dark gray to nearly black, broken into scaly plates.
Fruit: A small, round cherry about 1/2 inch across; bright red becoming black; nested in the cup-like remains of the flower.
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Kuo, M. (2010, November). Black cherry (Prunus serotina). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/prunus_serotina.html