How do you identify a wild cherry tree?


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The wild cherry tree, also known as the black cherry or Prunus serotina, is a deciduous tree found throughout the United States. According to North Carolina State University, the tree is usually between 50 and 80 feet tall with a conical or pyramidal shaped crown. As the tree is deciduous, its leaves change color depending on season. Leaves of the wild cherry are usually between 2 and 5 inches wide.

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According to the Natural History Museum, the leaves of the wild cherry display several prominent indicators, such as a jagged tooth-like appearance with purple glands appearing at the tip of the teeth. According to the same source, the bark of the wild cherry is a grayish color, and brown buds are found at the base of each of the flower clusters. During peak season, the flowers are white and the cherries are dark red. These trees are highly attractive to birds. Wild cherries with wilted leaves are highly poisonous, causing serious health risks such as spasms, coma and respiratory failure, so it is best to keep people and animals away from trees with those indicators. Prominent habitats for the wild cherry include fields, roadsides, weedy areas, maritime forests and natural deciduous forests, according to North Carolina State.

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