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  • Appearance: Pin cherry typically grows to a height of 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters) and is characterized by its slender, upright branches. The leaves are simple, oblong to lance-shaped, with finely serrated edges. The tree produces clusters of small, white to pinkish-white flowers in the spring, followed by small red or dark purple fruit.

  • Habitat: This species is often found in a variety of habitats, including open woodlands, clearings, and disturbed areas such as roadsides and burned-over areas. It is known for its ability to colonize disturbed sites quickly.

  • Ecological Role: Pin cherry is considered a pioneer species, meaning it is one of the first plants to establish itself in an area after a disturbance. Its seeds are adapted to germinate in open, sunny sites, making it well-suited for post-fire or post-logging colonization. It is also a nitrogen-fixing plant, which can improve soil conditions.

  • Fruit: The fruit of pin cherry is small, pea-sized, and typically red to dark purple when mature. It is edible for humans and wildlife, but it has a tart and bitter taste, which limits its appeal as a food source.

  • Wildlife Value: Despite its bitterness, the fruit is eaten by various bird species, including grouse, cedar waxwings, and thrushes. The tree also provides cover and nesting sites for birds.

  • Human Uses: While not commonly cultivated for its fruit, pin cherry has been used by some Indigenous peoples for medicinal and culinary purposes. The bark was traditionally used for making baskets and cordage.

  • Lifespan: Pin cherry is relatively short-lived for a tree species, typically living for 20 to 30 years. It reproduces quickly and produces abundant seeds, which allows it to persist in disturbed areas.

    Landscaping: Pin cherry is not commonly used in landscaping due to its relatively short lifespan and aggressive colonization of disturbed sites. It may be more suitable for naturalized or wilder landscapes.
  • SPREAD 3-4 M 
  • HEIGHT 8-10 M 

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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