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Prunus serotina
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Scientific name - Prunus serotina Ehrh.

Synonyms -  Padus serotina

Popular names - prugnolo tardivo, Padoa American, black cherry.

Distribution and Habitat - originating in North America, grows on the edge of forests on sandy soils and poor.

Description - tree, 5-20 m tall. Stem cylindrical, aromatic bark, smooth on young branches, red brown, with obvious lenticels; to old age becomes fissured and flaking in rectangular plates. Blunt-tipped shoots reddish. Leaves alternate, ovate lanceolate, attenuated at the base, acute, short petiolate, coriacee, glossy, toothed edge, the main ribs are pubescent on the underside. Flowers in raceme more or less erect, 10-15 cm long, peduncles 5-6 mm worn. Corolla white with petals up to 4 mm. Blooms in May-June. Drupa fruit black, 8-9 mm diameter; kernel with suorafatasmooth.

Diseases and pests - Armillaria Melle, Polyporus Berkeley, Tyromyces Sprague.

Curiosity - in Europe was introduced as ornamental species, but in recent years has become invasive species. In places where the plants become invasive is better to be eliminated in gardens, plants and roots to burn, not stored in compost.

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