Prunus pensylvanica L. f.
Common Name: FIRE CHERRY, PIN CHERRY
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt Tree

Sandy clearings, shores, and plains; borders of forests and fields and in open (rarely swampy) forests, usually with aspen, white birch, and/or jack pine. A small tree especially characteristic of recently burned or cleared areas; frequently clonal from root suckering. The seeds are very long-lived in the soil, germinating after fire or other disturbance.

Attractive and conspicuous in bloom late in the spring, especially along highways in the northern part of the state a few years after construction or remodeling of roadsides. The umbel of a few small bright red fruits is absolutely distinctive in midsummer. The bark is reddish, a helpful character for quick distinction from other species that may be superficially similar, such as P. mahaleb (contrasted in the key) and P. americana (with calyx lobes pubescent within, slightly larger petals, and no gland-tips on the leaf teeth).

Locations

Alcona County
Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
Baraga County
Barry County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Clare County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Iron County
Isabella County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Livingston County
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Osceola County
Oscoda County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Saginaw County
Sanilac County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 12, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2524.