Black Cherry Tree - Prunus serotina - Butterfly Host Plant
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Wild Black Cherry Tree
Plant Spacing: 30’ from other trees if growth is left unchecked, 8' if trimmed short as a shrub. Cherry trees may also be kept in containers to regulate growth.
Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Water Requirements: Medium
Soil Requirements: Grows well in a variety of soil types
Host Plant For: Red-Spotted Purple, Summer Azure, and Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies, Cecropia and Promethea Moth
Black Cherry Tree Native Distribution Map
Wild Black Cherry Trees can be found in forests throughout the Eastern United States, Eastern Canada, and Mexico. Its long, shiny leaves are light green, turning darker green throughout the year. Black Cherry Trees lose their leaves in the fall. The white flowers bloom in late spring, attracting a variety of butterflies and insects to nectar.
Two 6" potted plants will feed 1 moth larvae, one 6" potted plant will feed 1-2 butterfly larvae.