A shrub or small tree; height usually not over 20 to 25 feet, diameter 4 to 8 inches; with a rounded crown. The inner bark has bitter cherry
flavor and aroma. Covered in blooms during Spring.
Fruit is borne in dense clusters; first reddish, then turning nearly black when fully ripe. The skin of fruit thick; flesh thin and dark; very astringent to the taste, but edible. Used in the making of jams, jellies, and some very good tasting wine.
Popular tree for birds. Most widely distributed tree in North America, extending from the Arctic Circle to Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Rockies.
Very hardy. Zones 2-9
Packet of 15-20 seeds