This widespread species is the largest and most important native cherry. The valuable wood is used particularly for furniture, paneling, professional and scientific instruments, handles, and toys. Fruit is consumed by 33 species of birds and many mammals and used as larval host plant for many butterflies and moths. Supports beneficial insects and is of special value to native bees. While the fruit is edible and used in beverages and cooking, the rest of the plant contains amygdalin and can be toxic if consumed. When open-grown it becomes oval-headed with spreading,arching branches. Crowded trees grow tall and slender (25-110'). White flowers are held in drooping racemes followed by dark red fruit that changes to black from August through October.
Size: 12-18 in.
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