The Cherry Family

This page refers to any trees that are a member of the Prunus genus. Differentiating these species can be very difficult, especially during the winter. However, the genus is usually noted by having horizontal lenticils on the bark and clustered terminal buds. The flowering cherries that are planted in the Yard do not grow into tall, full-size trees. The only cherry tree that can attain this status, growing up to 100 feet tall, is the Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). This tree would make a fantastic addition to the Yard, with attractive bark, and white flowers. It is a very rare tree in the wild , but its range extends from eastern Nebraska south to Texas, and east all the way to the coast. The reason for its rarity is the finely grained wood. Most great specimens were cut down across the eastern deciduous forests. Despite the fact that it can't be found in the Yard, one can find these trees planted in the Boston area along the Charles River west of Harvard and along the Fenway and Riverway.

Created by Ryan Lynch

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Last updated May 2, 2007