Wild Black Cherry, Rum Cherry, Mountain Black Cherry
The Black Cherry is a common native tree found throughout Virginia. The fruit attracts a great many species of birds, and the nectar and pollen attract honeybees, bumblebees, and numerous other insects. The tree also attracts ants, beetles, and a long list of moths and butterflies. Raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and other mammals eat the fruit. Humans use the fruit to make pies and jam, as well as to flavor sodas, liqueurs, cocktails, and various desserts. The wood is highly prized for cabinetry. The average life expectancy of a Black Cherry tree is about 100 years, but some can live up to 250 years.
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