Pin Cherry
Prunus pennsylvania

Location in Ontario

Pin Cherry grows throughout the Deciduous Forest Region and northward. It is found along forest edges or cleared areas as it is intolerant of shade.

Pin Cherry with fruit.

Genus Prunus
Cherry trees have alternate simple leaves with toothed edges. They are monoecious with perfect flowers (male and female parts in the same flower). The flowers are white and beautiful. The fruit is a drupe with a single seed. In Ontario, this genus includes Black Cherry, Pin Cherry and Choke Cherry.

In the Landscape
Pin Cherry is a small tree, up to 12 metres and living to about 40 years. It makes a nice, small landscape tree with pretty white flowers and bright red fruit.

TREE FACT: Pin Cherry grows in most forested regions of Canada. It is also called "Fire Cherry" because it is one of the first trees to emerge after a forest fire. 

Pin Cherry in flower,  Norfolk County

The leaves are alternate and simple with toothed edges. Leaves turn a purple-red colour in the fall.
The bark is smooth and reddish-brown with orange lenticels.
Pin Cherry is monoecious with perfect flowers (male and female parts in the same flower). Flowers are small with five white petals, and occur in clusters. Flowers appear in May before the leaves. Pin Cherry is insect pollinated.
Pin Cherry has seeds in bright red, sour drupes. The fruit is an important food source for many birds and small mammals.
Fruit appears after about 2 years of growth, with fruit appearing annually, but particularly heavy every 2 to 3 years.
Pin Cherry wood is not used commercially due to its small size.
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Wood Comparison Chart

Pin Cherry in summer

Link to United States Forest Service Silvics Manual for Pin Cherry.