Native to North America

Highlighted Species:

  • Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
  • Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
  • Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

Wild Cherry Identification and Relationship with Birds

Wild Cherry is a deciduous tree or large shrub, the largest of the northeastern species is Black Cherry, which ranges in height from 30 to 80 feet, with a 30 to 60-foot spread. Pin and Choke Cherry range from 10 to 30 feet in height, with a spread of 15 to 20 feet. All three species bloom showy white flowers in spring (which attract insects and hummingbirds), followed by cherries in late summer, which are eaten by a long list of birds. Breeding birds may use a Wild Cherry tree for nesting. Wild Cherry trees also play host to many caterpillars, which are at the top of the food chain for many birds, especially during breeding season.

Birds Most Commonly Associated with Wild Cherry

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