Prunus pensylvanica – Pin Cherry – 5-Gallon


A pioneer or colonizing species that often springs up after fire or, more commonly these days, in abandoned fields. The fruits are a favorite of many species of birds – and bird dispersal is how the tree moves around so readily. An outstanding ornamental as well, with metallic coppery red bark marked with distinctive corky orangish bands and bright red-orange-yellow fall foliage.

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Image by François André Michaux (book author), Augustus Lucas Hillhouse (translator), H.J. Redoute (illustrator), Gabriel (engraver), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 9 October 2021

Rose family – Rosaceae