"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wild Cherry Tree


Found something new in the Henry Field's seed and plant catalog.  It is a wild black cherry tree.  I have never seen one for sale before.  
Grandma Great had one in her front yard and used to make jam with the cherries.  She said she watched birds come eat them, then fall out of the tree onto the ground like they were drunk.
I found a wild cherry tree by the lake once.  It was very gnarled and old, but had a few cherries still attached.  The aroma of wild cherry was something I'll never forget.  So strong and wonderful.  I can't wait to get mine.  I'll just have to be careful where I plant it because these trees can reach 80 feet tall.  I am excited about this tree. I'm going to make jams, liqueurs, tarts, syrups... The juice has been used for ages as a cough remedy and the bark can be used too.  I will have to read up on why the birds get drunk from eating the cherries.  Don't want druggy birds flying around the farm.

2 comments:

  1. Dear Donna - wild cherries grow all around us. We always had to be careful to keep the dead ones away from the cows because if they ate the leaves (I think it was the leaves) they would get sick, bloat and die. Wonder if this tree is the same that grows here in Ohio. They do get very tall and in fact often fall over. Now I am curious. Did spot the Cedar Waxwings enjoying their fruit - they seemed very happy and not sick! Have a great day.

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  2. Unlike Daisy.. I can get excited by a few things.. a new fruit bearing tree and the prospect of using the fruit to create..is exciting:)

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