Prunus serotina (black cherry)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaf blades long and narrowly ovate; finely serrate with incurved teeth; dense reddish brown pubescence on lower surface along the midrib; petioles with small red glands near the blade base
  • Bark broken into rough irregular plates resembling "burnt potato chips"
  • Fruit a small, globose drupe, nearly black, flower parts (calyx) conspicuous at base

Sourced from page 179 in "Michigan Trees"


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