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Is a Wild Black Cherry a nice tree for the back yard

 
John Wilhelm
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I have planted a Wild Black Cherry treein my back yard 3 years ago, is it a nice tree for your back yard?
What are the draw backs of it?
Please gave your PRO and CON'S on the tree?

I live in Northwest Ohio.
 
Alder Burns
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Where I grew up (SE MI) there were a bunch of these in the yard. They were wild and largely trouble-free, casting a fairly thin shade that grass grew readily underneath (and I would guess other plants might, too). Maybe one year in five, there'd be a big crop of fruit to gather and do something with, but most years the birds had them all, and most of the trees were so big (12-18 inches thick) that they were out of reach anyway. They did drop quite a few small twigs, and one year a bad ice storm broke down some large branches (which was not true of the oaks, the other major tree in the yard). As a kid I recall being freaked out by the tent caterpillars which would get in the trees, in varying numbers, most every year and when they are mature and ready to pupate they drop out wherever, including onto you if you happen to be there! Yuck! Sometimes I'd go on a rampage to try to clean or burn the nests out, but they never seemed to damage the trees in any significant way. One year a very late cold snap and snow killed off the new growth….it does come out early compared to other wild trees, except willow, but a few weeks later it all came out green again…..
BTW the bark is an important medicinal and the wood from large trees is a valuable furniture wood…..
 
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