Black Cherry trees prefer a well-drained, upland soil, and full sun. Seedlings will grow in the shade, but will only thrive for a few years without sun. Black Cherry flowers resemble bottle brushes and are very similar to Chokecherry flowers. The fruit is edible for people and used as a flavoring in liquors and candies. The fruit is also an important wildlife food source eaten by song birds, small mammals, fox, raccoon, deer, elk, moose, and bear. Medicinal teas can be made from the bark.