Black Cherry Tree - Prunus serotina - Butterfly Host Plant

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


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Wild Black Cherry Tree

Prunus serotina

Zones: 3-9

Height: 40’

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.

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A few of the butterflies and moths we raise at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm