Stebbins Gulch Black Cherry Tree




The towering trunks of black cherry are a common sight in forests surrounding Stebbins Gulch.  The dark, flakey bark is unmistakable. Young students visiting The Holden Arboretum call it “burnt potato chip bark.” The dark wood is highly valued by cabinet makers. It is our largest native cherry, and grows up to 80 feet in height.  The fruit is an important source of food for wildlife. It is one of the pioneer species in  young forests, but huge specimens also occur in old-growth forests.  It can be found in almost any kind of soil, except those that are extremely wet or dry.


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