The Main Plant entry for Sweet Cherries (Prunus avium)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 50-100 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Flowering Tree
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Fermented
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: seeds
Pollinators: Bees

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Common names
  • Cherry
Matching plants under this entry
  • Prunus avium
  • Cerasus avium
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Comments:
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 8, 2012 2:51 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees. Pollen color is light brown.
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