"A Year With the Trees" - Tree Number 82
Black Cherry Tree
The Black Cherry tree is covered in new spring green leaves.
What I learned about the Black Cherry:
The leaves are finely serrated.
The leaves are simple and alternate.
The twigs are reddish brown. They are said to have a bitter almond taste; though, I did not taste them to find out.
This tree can grow up to 100 feet.
|The Black Cherry leaves are shining in the summer sun; filled with life. You can see the finely sawtoothed edges with their curving blunt teeth.|
|The Black Cherry tree provides food for many birds and small mammals. The fruits are used in jams and syrups. The bark has been used for many years in making medicinals for coughs.|
|This is what I look like - always looking into the tops of the trees.|
This tree is at the Asheville Botanical Gardens.
The Black Cherry can be identified by the bark that some say looks like burnt potato chips. The bark has medicinal properties. The bark from young black cherries is used in cough medicines, tonics, and sedatives. The fruit is used for making jelly and wine.
This tree is 96 feet tall and has a circumference of 175 inches.
I vist a Black Cherry at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville. I cant exactly say it is my most favorite Black Cherry. I will be on the lookout for where my favorite Black Cherry is. Check back.
- At least 33 species of Birds eat the fruit of this tree.
- Supports Conservation Biological Control (A plant that attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects.)
- Special Value to Native Bees (Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of native bees.)
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control (A plant that attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects.)
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
For the love of the trees,