* Leaves narrow, ovate with pointed tips, fine-toothed, 2-5".
* Twigs red, with buds clustered at or near the twig tips.
* Flower white, rose-like, in an umbrella-shaped cluster.
* Fruit red, round, hanging.
* Bark red-brown, smooth, marked by cross-hatches.
* Height: 10-30'.
* Flowers March - July.
* Fruits July - September.
* Habitat: Thickets, young forests, burned areas.
* Range: Canada and eastern and central United States.
* All young cherry trees release a cough-syrup-like odor when their bark
* Cherries are important plants in that they support a variety
of wildlife. Although humans usually find the small, red fruits
too bitter, birds, bears, foxes, raccoons, chipmunks,
and mice love them. If you
decide to try the fruits, make sure you don't eat the pits, because
they contain cyanide!