(Wild or Mountain) Black Cherry
Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
Native to: Eastern Ontario
Location at the FWG: Butterfly Meadow, Old Woodlot, Backyard Garden
Height: 22 m at maturity
Light requirements: Sun to partial shade
Moisture requirements: Average
Soil: Moist, loamy soil
Natural habitat: Grows well on a variety of soils. Common in the Ottawa region.
Wildlife use: Many species of birds are attracted to the fruit. Larval food source for Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis), Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops), and Lucia Azure (Celastrina lucia).
Notes: Medium-sized tree; fast-growing when young. Trunk sinuous; branches arching with drooping tips; root system shallow, wide-spreading. High salt tolerance but low pollution tolerance.
White flowers; attractive, shiny dark green leaves; dark reddish black cherries are stringent but edible. Drought tolerant. Excellent as individual planting for home landscaping, parks, schools, natural areas. Good addition to windbreaks.