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Black Cherry (Prunus serotina). This rapidly growing tree is often found in open fields and considered an "aggressive weed" because of its high fruit production and distribution of seeds by birds and mammals. As a sapling, it displays a symmetrical, often pyramidal growth habit, but divides into several upright branches due to storm damage and assumes an irregular shape as it matures. Showy white flowers in the spring give rise to the red or purple colored fruit that are then consumed by animals.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes