|Prunus serotina is a common tree in the eastern United States. It has a pyramidal form as a young tree, eventually rounding and pendulous at a greater age. It can reach 100 feet in height, more commonly 60 feet. The leaves are alternate, oblong-ovate, to lance-oblong, dark green above, light green below. In summer the foliage is a dark green, turning an attractive yellow to red in the fall. The flowers are small, white, on pendulous racemes that are 4 to 6 inches long, appearing in late spring. The reddish-black fruits are small, appear in late summer to early fall and have a bittersweet flavor, making them a favorite for wines and jellies. It is also valued for its timber, when grown on moist fertile soils, although it also survives sandy, gravelly soil. It is a weedy aggressive grower, suited for larger properties. Introduced 1629. Native from Ontario to North Dakota, south to Texas and Florida.