We rate cherry as a second class tree based on its current demand in markets. Although, the prices for cherry is on the rise as it is growing in popularity once again. Cherry a beautiful wood that is commonly used to make furniture and wood flooring. Black cherry lumber has been in high demand for the past century.
Benefit to Forest:
Black cherry trees native to Indiana produce a red-black fruit that is a natural food source for wildlife. Often, cherry trees will be filled with birds. Small mammals such as raccoons, white-footed mice, and foxes feed on the fruit that falls to the ground. White-tailed deer, moose and cottontails will browse the tree, eating the bark.
Pin cherries are a similar species that you may also find in your woods. The pin cherry leaves have a more rounded end and more ridges down the leaf. It is much more supple and softer than a black cherry leaf. The ripened fruit stays red and the bark is a smooth, coppery color. Furthermore, the young bark is very shiny with small, horizontal strips of lenticels. Mature bark looses its sheen but stays smoother without the typical deep bark grooves.