Wild black cherry from Joseph, SC

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One of three trees found on my property. Own for three years this is the first time I’ve seen fruit on it. I wanted to know what it is because the fruits on it look yummy. This sits in the middle of a field of wild grass. Tend to be a bit wet where it is as well. Took these pictures 3 days ago.

Hi Joseph,

your tree is called Prunus serotina, or wild black cherry.The ripe fruits are generally considered to be edible, but not the rest of the plant. To me, they have a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but that can vary.  It is a major source of cherry wood for furniture.  For more on its features, go to this site: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=prse2


Steve Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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