Black Cherry

Prunus serotina

Full to part shade
Medium to medium dry soil
100 feet tall
Blooms in early spring
Bloom color white

This tree is a host plant to multiple species of Lepidoptera. Butterflies: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Red Spotted Purple, Viceroy, Coral Hairstreak. Moths: Promethea, Small-eyed Sphinx, Banded Tussock, Spotted Apatelodes.

Pot size: One gallon

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Our Experience

We have wild growing black cherry saplings in our habitat. We didn’t know we did until John observed a female Red Spotted Purple lay an egg on the tip of one of the leaves.

When the caterpillars eat the leaves there is a faint cherry fragrance to their frass.


Prunus serotina, Black cherry. Peace Dale woods.” by Dr Mary Gillham Archive Project’s photostream under license CC BY 2.0

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