Black Cherry Prunus Serotina Seeds - Juice, Wine, Jam
Black Cherry Prunus Serotina -5 Seeds
Its beautiful, fragrant flower show, its attraction to songbirds and its fall color make it a highly desirable tree. The bark is light to dark gray, developing scaly fissures with age. The oval to lance shaped shiny dark green leaves are 2 to 6 inches long and arranged alternately. They end in a sharp point and have fine teeth along the margins. When crushed, the leaves smell like black cherry soda pop. Before dropping in autumn, they turn lovely shades of yellow, orange, or red, but this varies with weather conditions and among seedlings. The fragrant tiny white flowers are borne abundantly in elongated drooping clusters 4 to 6 inches long. They appear in early spring as the leaves are unfolding. In flower, the black cherry is very showy, and always abuzz with delighted insects. The cherries are dark red, almost black and ripen in early summer.
The leaves and inner bark of black cherry contain a cyanide compound that smells like almonds and was formerly used in cough medicines and liniments. The cherries are edible also perfect for jellys, jams and wine or juice making.
Juice is high in antioxidants.
Scarification, cold stratification, and moisture enhance germination.
Scarify: Soak in water for 24 hours
Stratify: Cold 120 days, 40 Degrees F
Germination: Sow 1" Deep
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