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Audubon® Black Cherry
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Want more birds in your garden? Plant Black Cherry—it’s as simple as that! This magnificent native shade tree ranks near the very top of the list of bird-friendly trees for two main reasons: The first is the purple-black fruits that ripen in late summer. Robins, cardinals, bluebirds, orioles, Cedar Waxwings, mockingbirds, finches, tanagers, vireos, sparrows… the list of birds that devour them includes practically all birds of the eastern U.S.! The second reason is the staggering number of caterpillars that Black Cherry supplies to hungry birds—over 200 species in all. A no-brainer for birders.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size A (5-6' tall) container grown
Size B (8-9' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
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Black Cherry has an immense native range covering the entire eastern United States and extending into Canada and Mexico. You have probably seen it on a hike in the woods—it’s the tree with the bark that looks like burnt potato chips. If you see it in late spring, it’s the one with the fragrant, jalapeno-shaped clusters of white flowers; bees and other pollinators adore them. Black Cherry is known to woodworkers as one of the finest cabinet woods you can buy. Unfortunately, that means all of the oldest, most impressive specimens are long gone.
Among the many, many caterpillars that feed on Black Cherry are two of the showiest butterfly species commonly seen in gardens. Tiger Swallowtails and Red-Spotted purples will be happy to see that you’ve planted a Black Cherry Tree. The dazzling Promethea silk moth also lays its eggs on Black Cherry.
How to Grow
Black Cherry is not difficult to grow, and with a little bit of care, it will grow very quickly indeed. Give it as much sun as you can; it will also tolerate light shade. Good drainage is crucial with Cherry Trees—be careful not to plant them too deep and never site them in a spot that stays constantly wet. Your Black Cherry will need regular water during the first year or two of establishment, but it will be fairly drought tolerant after that. Cherry bark is thin and smooth in the early years—take care not to damage it with lawn equipment.
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Size A Trees:
5-6' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although one person can move this tree its big container, stem and branching prevent it from fitting into a box. A van or SUV will be needed to bring this native cherry home to the birds.
Size B Trees:
8-9' tall, grown and delivered in a container. One strong person can pick this tree up although two would make it much easier. This size tree will give you a head start on providing food for your feathered friends. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring this tree home.
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