Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 23 - Pin Cherry - Prunus pensylvanica

The Pin Cherry Tree

The trees are budding everywhere I look, and bulbs are popping up out of the ground in my garden.

The Pin cherry tree is also called Fire Cherry for it is one of the first trees to grow back in the forests after a fire.  It Grows as a small tree, the Pin cherry usually has a straight trunk and a narrow, round-topped crown. It grows 15-50 ft. tall and 4-20 inches in diameter. Trees up to 100 ft tall have been found growing in the southern Appalachians, with the largest found on the western slopes of the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Pin cherry is rather short lived, having a lifespan of only 20-40 years following a rapid maturation.

The Pin cherry serves as food for a large number of moths and butterflies. It also feeds birds on its beautiful red berries during the winter months. There is a beautiful video on the web I watched by John Heider of a Robin eating the berries. Go find it and enjoy.

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." Nelson Henderson.


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