Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, loam, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Color: white
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, colonizing, fall interest, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, showy fruit
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Prunus pensylvanicaAlso known as:
Prunus pensylvanica is a deciduous that can vary greatly in form, based on soil conditions and geographic location. It will grow to 50' or more, under ideal conditions and in the southern parts of its range, but might not grow taller than 15' in the northern parts of its range. It bears small clusters of fragrant white flowers in spring, followed be small red, edible cherries. foliage produces good fall color. The bark is typical of cherry trees, and is reddish bronze on mature specimens.
Pin cherry is a boreal species, meaning it can subsist as far north as the Arctic circle. It will grow in a wide variety of soils, from fine-texture to coarse, well-drained to heavy. however it does not like having wet feet, and consistently wet areas are to be avoided. It prefers a high level of acidity. This a fast growing, short-lived species, rarely living more than 40 years. Blooms in mid-spring. Extremely hardy: zones 2-6
To propagate from seed, best results are achieved when they are sown immediately when ripe. Dried seeds lose viability. Can be propagated by softwood, semi-hardwood, or root cuttings. Trees have shallow root systems and suckers can easily be removed and transplanted.
The fast growing wood of this tree can be weak, and the upper limbs of tall specimens tend to break under heavy snow or ice. The cherries are small, but can be cooked to make jams or syrup. Leaves and twigs are toxic.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
CO, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY
USDA Endangered Status:
- Rare: IN
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