Carolinian
and Deciduous Forest Trees

of Southern Ontario

Pin Cherry
Prunus Pennsylvania

Location in Ontario:
Pin Cherry grows throughout the Deciduous Forest Region and northward.


Pin Cherry in flower,  St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre, Norfolk County

Genus Prunus: Cherry trees have alternate simple leaves with toothed edges. They are monoecious with perfect flowers. The flowers are white and beautiful. The fruit is a drupe with a single seed. In Ontario, this genus includes Black, Pin and Choke Cherry.

Habitat: Pin Cherry is found along forest edges or cleared areas as it is intolerant of shade.

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.

Landscape Use:  Pin Cherry makes a nice, small landscape tree with pretty white flowers and bright red fruit.

Leaves: The leaves are alternate and simple with toothed edges.


Pin Cherry leaves and early fruit

FALL COLOUR WATCH:  purple-red

Flowers: Pin Cherry is monoecious with perfect flowers. Flowers are small with 5 white petals, and occur in clusters. Flowers appear in May.

Seeds:  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 leaves and fruit

Bark: The bark is smooth and reddish-brown with orange lenticels.

Size: Pin Cherry is a small tree, up to 12 metres and living to about 40 years.

Wood: Pin Cherry wood is not used commercially.
Specific Gravity: unavailable
Janka Harndess: unavailable
Wood Comparison Chart


Pin Cherry, Killbear Provincial Park

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