The fruit has been used to flavor rum and brandy (“cherry bounce”). Pitted fruits are edible and are eaten raw and used in wine and jelly. Black cherry fruits are important food for numerous species of passerine birds, game birds, and mammals, including the red fox, black bear, raccoon, opossum, squirrels, and rabbits. Flowering: May-July (March-April in the Southwest); fruiting: June-October.
Contributed by: USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center & the Biota of North America Program.
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