Prunus serotina Ehrh.

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Report the species

Report Prunus serotina to the National Museum of Natural History.

Importance and distribution in Luxembourg

Distribution map of Prunus serotina Ehrh. in Luxembourg. Recorder-LUX & iNaturalist, 2019.08.21.

Prunus serotina, or black cherry, prefers dry to moist sandy soils. It is an opportunistic gap-phase tree species efficiently dispersed over long distances by fruit-eating birds and mammals. It thrives in forest clearings and woodlands dominated by light-demanding species such as oak, pine or birch. It can also invade various types of semi-natural open habitats with a wide range of humidity levels like wetlands, bogs, heathlands, dry grasslands and dunes (Source:

In Luxembourg the species was documented for the first time in 1960. It was found by Léopold Reichling on 31st August 1960 in Grondmillen (Municipality of Esch-sur-Sûre). Only five observations are indicated in the Recorder database.

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: B1 (2+2+3+3) = Watch List (Ries et al. 2013: 18).

Bibliography concerning Luxembourg

  • Ries, C., Y. Krippel, M. Pfeiffenschneider & S. Schneider, 2013. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of non-native vascular plant species in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 114: 15-21. [PDF 652 KB]
  • Welter A., J.Turk & J. Trossen, 2008. Les arbres introduits au Luxembourg. Inventaire des essences arborescentes non indigènes de pleine terre présentes sur le territoire du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. Ferrantia 53, Musée national d’histoire naturelle, Luxembourg, ISSN 1682-5519, 111 pp.

Suggested citation of this webpage

Ries, C. & M. Pfeiffenschneider (Eds.), 2019. Prunus serotina Ehrh. In: - Invasive Alien Species in Luxembourg. URL: [21.08.2019].

 Last updated on Monday, April 9, 2018.