Wild Cherry - Prunus
Native to USA
Highlighted Species: Black Cherry - Prunus serotina, Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana, Pin Cherry - Prunus pensylvanica
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
American Robin Baltimore Oriole Blue Jay Brown Thrasher Cedar Waxwing Downy Woodpecker Eastern Bluebird Evening Grosbeak Gray Catbird Hermit Thrush House Finch Insectivorous Birds Northern Cardinal Northern Flicker Northern Mockingbird Pileated Woodpecker Purple Finch Red-Bellied Woodpecker Red-Eyed Vireo Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Scarlet Tanager Veery Wild Turkey Wood Thrush Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker