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Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus)

Prunus serotina var. virens
SKU: HC017769
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
No longer available this season.
Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is an essential addition to bird-friendly gardens. This attractive small-to-medium-sized native tree blooms in late spring with delicate, fragrant white flower clusters that attract butterflies and bees. Following small black cherries are eagerly eaten by songbirds. With a handsome trunk and branches, attractive foliage, and ornamental flowers and fruit, is an excellent choice for gardens small and large.
key features
Botanical Name
Prunus serotina var. virens
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Fragrant
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
15-20' tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late spring


(15-20' tall x 12-15' wide) Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus serotina v. virens) is highly recommended for both its ornamental features as well as its value to songbirds. Blooming in late spring, multitudes of hanging white flower clusters cover the tree and are followed by a late summer crop of bitter black cherries eagerly eaten by songbirds. In addition to the fruit, it is a host plant to many moths and caterpillars, in turn providing caterpillars which are collected by nesting songbirds and fed to newly hatched chicks. Woody plants in the genus Prunus, along with oaks and willows, are considered some of the most valuable sources of caterpillars needed for nesting birds to feed their young. Support shrinking songbird populations by planting a native cherry tree! Southwestern Black Cherry’s native territory includes west Texas west to Arizona, and south in mountains to the Mexican states of Jalisco and Guanajuato. Cherries can be eaten or used in cooking and baking. All other parts of Prunus species, except the fruits, contain poisonous substances and should never be eaten.
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