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Attractive bark, red berries that are inedible to humans but eaten by birds, especially cedar waxwings. Larval host for various butterflies. Fragrant blooms April to June, cherries ripen July- to September. Often found in disturbed areas of open woods. Bitter cherry forms thickets.
|Habitat Notes||great for stream bank stabilization|
|Mature Height||7-25 ft tall|
|Soil Tolerance||moist, loam or sandy loam with good drainage. Also grows on dry, exposed sites|
|Special Uses||woodland garden ornamental, attracts birds|