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Wild Red Cherry

Categories: Vii Wild Food On The Trail

The wild red cherry is sour but edible; it is best used as preserves.

The tree is usually small yet sometimes reaches the height of thirty

feet. It is oftenest found in the woods of the north, but also grows

among the mountains as far south as Tennessee. The bark is a

reddish-brown and has rusty dots over it. The leaves are oblong, pointed

at the tips and rather blunt at the base. They are bright green and

glossy. The white flower is much like the cultivated cherry blossom but

smaller; it grows in clusters. The cherries are light red and about the

size of a pea.